Title: Charlie Presumed Dead Author: Anne Heltzel Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 272 Publication Date: July 2nd 2015 Synopsis: “In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own.
No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.”
****Actual Rating 4.5 Stars****
I want to say thanks to HMH Books For Young Readers and Netgalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted this book because of the cover. That makes me a bad person. It had a pretty cover. So I was hoping it would be good. I didn’t really expect it to be as good as it was. This book really got thrilling towards the ending and it made me want more. I want to say this is a stand alone but I’m not sure the way it ended. It started it off kinda of slow. Eventually got to the point where I couldn’t stop reading it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thrilling books.
This book has a lot of traveling it so the world building isn’t really there because it has actual settings. It builds more in the characters. Both main characters Aubrey and Lena go through a lot of change. They become different people as they learned who their boyfriend. The secrets and the betrayal of this book keeps you wanting to read. And the biggest of them all is the end of the book. I didn’t expect that ending. Also love how this was predictable at times but at the same time it wasn’t. I mean going into this you know Charlie wasn’t dead hence the title. Don’t worry I didn’t spoil anything. The writing style was great it had a really good flow. Nothing wasn’t important everything was connected and it.
“He’s Not The Only One With A Secret to Hide”-Carrie Underwood
I really do hope there is another book. If there is I hope they get Charlie thrown in prison. There is song that reminds of this book and I hope it happens. The scary thought about this book is this could actually happen. Here is the song.