Book Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

*I received a free copy of this book through the blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review*

Today's book is Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

Official Synopsis from Goodreads:  On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted:  friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.
   But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact - and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev's world her own. 
This book is CAPTIVATING. I got sucked into it so fast and just couldn't stop reading. Mabel's journey from barely being civil with her roommate to spending the summer on the family estate is fascinating. 

This book has so many turns and that you don't expect so it never gets boring. Each character is introduced in a way that makes you wary of them and then you have to figure out how much you can trust them as the story goes on. 

The Winslow family has TONS of secrets and they definitely didn't get their lifestyle by being completely honest and that just pulls the story along. Mabel is the one that sort of starts discovering secrets and she has to decide if she's going to keep them to herself and kind of join the family or not. 

Honestly I loved this book. I never used to read suspenseful books but I am so into them now. I really like Mabel and there were times when I could very much relate to her and there were times when I don't really relate but overall she is definitely my favorite character. I have gone back and forth with how I feel about Ev. Sometimes I like her and sometimes I can't stand her because of some of the things she does. 

I'm definitely going to be checking out some more books by this author!

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