Monday, 2 August 2010

Review: Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan

Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback
Released: July 5th, 2010
Grade rating: B/B+

Amazon summary:

How far can you go for attention? Finn and Chloe have it all figured out. It's not enough to be clever, good looking or sporty. To get on, you've got to get noticed. You've got to be famous for something, right? Chloe decides there's another way to get attention. She and Finn will stage her own disappearance - and then Finn will be the one who finds and saves her. It seems like a good idea, until things go badly wrong. What seemed victimless isn't so innocent anymore. And it's Finn who must deal with the fall-out.


Have you guys ever seen a British film called The Hole? It's about a group of teenagers who hatch a plan to disappear during a school trip, not knowing that their actions will forever change all of their lives. Accomplice reminded me of that right from the beginning, which is good for me, because I love that movie.

In Accomplice, best friends Finn and Chloe come up with a plan for Chloe to disappear, making it look like a kidnapping. It's unnerving to see how meticulous and calculating they are, not to mention how selfish. They put their parents, friends and town through utter hell, and never seem to fully realise the extent of what they're doing. These are supposed to be clever girls, with aspirations of attending a good college and getting a decent education. Instead they make the worst decisions known to man, ruin lives and endanger their own.

The plot itself is very well thought out, though a couple of things bothered me. Chloe's hiding place seemed far too convenient, and the fact that no-one discovered her didn't seem realistic. In fact, the whole plan seemed a little too easy, especially given the tiny town where both girls lived. I don't think disappearing would have been that easy but, having never done it, I'm no authority on the subject.

Corrigan's writing is noticeably good, and her characterisation is top notch. She made me follow these girls through every bad decision and, most importantly, she made me trust them. Over the course of the novel, my feelings towards Finn and Chloe changed, until finally everything fell into place and I understood the meaning behind their plan. If I read it again, I think I'd pick up clues earlier on, which I didn't think to look for the first time around.

Accomplice is a book that will make you think, and one that will make you question trust and loyalty. Friendships have to have boundaries, because without them things fall apart, just like it did for Finn and Chloe. As the front of the books says: how far would you go for a friend?


Blueicegal ♥ said...

wow sounds like an intense read, fantastic review, ill be looking this one up!

Robby said...

Her first book, You Remind Me of Me, was brilliant. It broke my heart. I'm looking forward to this.

asamum said...

Not only do I want to read this book now but I want to watch that movie :D
@Robby thanks for the name of the 1st book too I will look it up :D

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really want to read this. I have her book Ordinary Ghosts...need to read that too. anyway, nice review. sounds interesting.

never heard that movie but it sounds good by the way!


Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I love The Hole too.
Fantastic review, I'll have to look out for it :)

Lauren said...

This sounds unusual, and the comparison to The Hole (which is awesome) has me intrigued. I think I'd probably like this.

Kate said...

Superb review! I've not heard of "Accomplice" before but it sounds like a great read.

The Sweet Bonjour said...

Looks really unusual! I'm not a fan of the cover but the plot sounds quite good :)

Jesse Owen said...

Eek! I remember that film.

Looks like a really interesting idea for a book, i'll be looking out for it.

Lauren said...

Great review! I've been wanting to read this one for a while now and I think I'll be getting it soon because the plot sounds too good to pass up. Also, I love the UK cover for it.

Becky said...

I have never heard of The Hole. It sounds like it might be scary and as I don't do scary, this may explain why. I am a little bit on the fence with this. I love the themes that this raises but I'm bothered by the lack of believeability that you mentioned. I guess I can give it a try and see. Great review!!!

Anonymous said...

what happened in the end?

Anonymous said...

I didn't understand the ending.