There is a thin line between fact and fiction. The lies we tell ourselves easily become an undeniable truth. Letting us make sense of situations and move on from our faults. These lies let us place the blame on others so that we can continue to live our lives freely with only glimmers of doubt. The Walls Around Us beautifully explores the grey line between fact and fiction, morality, and denial.
Told in two different perspectives, The Walls Around Us surreptitiously makes it’s way around a crime, trying to explain what really happened to two murdered ballerinas in snippets and bits. First there is Amber, an inmate at the Aurora Hills Juvenile Detention Center committed of killing her abusive step father. In the detention center, she’s almost a ghost. Choosing to stay on the outskirts of conversations instead of jumping right in. This allows her a unique perspective on the life inside the detention center. The other voice we hear from is Violet, an eighteen year old ballerina intended for Juilliard. Through Amber and Violet we learn about another girl, the heart of the story, Orianna Speerling, convicted of murdering those two ballerinas. Ori is magnetic, drawing people to her because of her goodness and charisma. She sees the best in everything, a trait that ultimately leads to her downfall. Violet and Ori were best friends since childhood, bound by ballet, and Amber was Ori’s cellmate at Aurora Hills. The plot moves on hypnotically, pulling the reader down a dark and dangerous path to the denouement.
I don’t want to give to much away. This is one book you must read. The prose is magnetic, the characters achingly fleshed out. Neither of them is a reliable narrator, which makes the reader delve into their psyches trying to pull the truth from the lies. And let me tell you, the ending is a doozy. A Shirley Jacksonesque macabre envelopes the whole plot line. This is my favorite Nova Ren Suma book thus far. She is really a voice to be reckoned with. The story will stay with you long after you turn the last page. I was thinking about this one for a good 30 minutes after I finished it trying to piece together all of the clues. I wasn’t quite ready to leave these characters on the page.
Rating: 5/5 Please go out and read this Indie pick. You won’t be sorry you picked it up.
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