by Jennifer duBois
Published: 9/24/13 by Random House
4.5 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
by Jennifer Dubois is loosely based on the real life account of Amanda
Knox, who was accused of murdering her roommate in Italy in 2007. (I
knew very little about Amanda Knox and her trial, so the fact that this
book was inspired by that story held no meaning to me).
is set in Buenos Aires, where foreign exchange student Lily Hayes is
accused of murdering her fellow American roommate Katy Kellers. The
novel shifts through the perspectives of multiple people involved in
this case: Lily, Lily's family, Lily's boyfriend and the prosecuting
attorney. Through it all, the question circulates: did Lily do it?
though the question of "Did Lily do it?" is central throughout the
book, I don't think the fact of whether she did it or not was the main
purpose of this novel. The novel is about the perceptions people have,
and how each perspective is skewed by personal biases, the media and
other influences. I was especially struck by how many people were set
in their beliefs about Lily based on only minimal and incomplete
information. And how they refused to change those beliefs even when new
information was presented to them. And by how true that is in real
life as well!
I really enjoyed the character of Sebastian
LeCompte (that name!), Lily's boyfriend. His dialogue was just great. I
actually found him to be obnoxious and unlikeable most of the time.
But he was still fun to read about! I especially enjoyed the scene
where Eduardo, the prosecutor, questions him. Every time Eduardo asked a
question, I was on the edge of my seat eager to see how Sebastian would
I wanted to give this book 5 stars, because I really
enjoyed it a lot. I thought it was smart, well written, and thought
provoking. I liked DuBois' writing style for the most part, but at the
same time I felt it was just unnecessarily wordy at times. Like maybe
DuBois was just trying a little too hard to make this an intelligent
book. I've seen several reviewers comment about an overuse of the
thesaurus, and I did feel that it was over descriptive at times while
reading. I'm hoping that this is because I was reading an early copy of
the book, and that more editing might possibly be done before its
official release? I think with just a little editing in spots, this
could be an excellent five star read!