Hey everyone! This weekend, I’ve been participating in the 24in48 readathon and one of the books I read was Your Turn To Die by Sue Wallman. Let’s take a look at it!
What the book is about…
Sue Wallman’s most spine-tingling thriller yet! Every winter, three families gather in an old house to celebrate the New Year. This year, 15-year-old Leah and the other kids discover that the house has a dark past. As they dig into the history, terrible things start happening, and if Leah isn’t careful, this New Year might be her last.
What I thought of it…
Well, I haven’t read Wallman’s other books but if this is the most spine-tingling yet then I don’t think I’ll bother. If I’m totally honest, I wasn’t expecting this to be anything amazing. But it was even worse than I thought it would be. I didn’t enjoy it at all.
The characters were completely flat, with no distinguishing features or personalities. I only read this yesterday and I’ve already pretty much forgotten everyone. For teenagers, their behaviour throughout the entire book came across as completely juvenile; I could not imagine real teenagers acting the way that these characters did. I also thought that the dialogue between them read unrealistically; it did not feel natural in the slightest.
I found the plot boring and highly predictable to a point – and then the final twist was so farfetched that I wanted to throw the book across the room. It’s like everything that had been building up from the start was completely disregarded for this big twist that left me feeling a bit cheated. Though I have to admit to skimming the last 100 pages so something might have slipped past me (but I doubt it).
Also, that poor dog. The author lost me when the dog was fed chocolate and it only got worse from there. Major trigger warning for animal cruelty. I wouldn’t normally say anything like that for fear of spoilers but if you have any inclination to read this (and I don’t see why you would but it’s possible), you need to be prepared. The treatment of the dog turned my stomach.
Do yourself a favour and just skip this one. Life is too short to waste time on bad books!
Has anyone else read this one? Do you push on when you’re not connecting with a book or do you DNF? x