by Laura Ellen
ebook, 336 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
*ecopy provided by publisher for an honest review.
Synopsis via Goodreads:
There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.
Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer.
This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else.
I was very eager to read this one. The plot sounded new and different to me, and I was utterly intrigued. However, other than the unique story-line, the book was way too draggy. Don't get me wrong it wasn't bad; in fact there were some awesome aspects about the story. The main character wasn't perfect, nor did she come from or lived in a perfect family. Roswell had a lot to deal with along with her vision problem. Aside from her sometimes ignorance and putting herself in dangerous situations, she was alright.
Another cool thing was the initial opening portraying the purpose of the story; that was just great. Right off I was curious about the tragedy and what had lead to Tricia's demise. And I liked how the chapters went by in countdown, giving us an overview of what took place in the days prior, and afterwards a new start as to what was about to unfold in the days following.
Other factors contributing to the plot were Roswell's creepy teacher, I disliked him from the get-go, the popular guy who easily tricked her into thinking he actually cared, and of course Tricia, the focal point of the mystery. Tricia's character had me emotionally confused. Sometimes I furrowed my forehead at her antics, at times I cursed her for her lies, and there were moments I truly sympathized with her for all she's gone through. Indeed she's a piece of work but she didn't deserve what happened to her.
It was necessary to learn about the characters but I felt like that went on too long. The writing is excellent but there was too much delay when things should've kept moving. Fortunately, it started getting interesting again once the story picked up and then I was taken back to the real point of the novel. That was a good thing because the longer I waited I contemplated whether or not I should keep going or quit where I was at. Blind Spot is suspenseful, mysterious in itself, but I wasn't blown away completely. Still, it was a good read and I think you should give it a try.