Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3:59 - Gretchen McNeil

Summary from Goodreads:

Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

I've been wanting to check out more books by Gretchen McNeil ever since I read Ten which is one I really liked. Horror October seemed like the perfect time to read 3:59. I really liked this one for Gretchen's writing alone and it seemed a lot stronger then Ten. But I really thought 3:59 was supposed to be more thrilling...? For me, the book didn't become thrilling until after 200 pages. Looking back, this worked though - it was just a slow build. It was really interesting to see these two different worlds and how there were the exact same people in both but with semi different personalities (Nick is an awful human being and so is Madison). There is definitely a lot of science stuff that I did not understand at all but I think in the end, I understood the gist of the story. I still give 3:59 a high rating even though it seems like I didn't like it, but I did and I will continue to read books from Gretchen McNeil!

OH, and the book has 359 pages AND it's called 3:59. AWESOME.

Rating: 8/10

1 comment:

  1. I've had this book in my wishlisth for such a long a time, but I kind of forgot about it and moved on to other books. I guess I'll have to re visit it because it sounds good.