17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got there.
As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see?
Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?
A story of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction.
Within the first few opening lines of this book I was completely hooked, Grace is locked in an entirely white room with minimal furniture and pens and paper. She has no idea how she got there or why she is there, and her only contact with the outside world comes from Ethan who brings her food. She’s confused and scared and angry, and so turns to writing which seems to be what’s wanted from her.
Grace’s writing takes us back into her life before she ended up in the white room, and we get to know her, her friends, and her world. We get a real insight into what makes Grace tick, and how hard it is being her. Grace is such a well drawn teenager, she’s stroppy and difficult and feels everything so strongly. She’s hard to like, but at the same time completely captivating and I found myself really caring for her.
In addition to Grace we get to know Sal, her best friend, and Nat, her boyfriend. We only get to see these characters through Grace’s eyes, but this means we get to really see how she feels about them and what they mean to her. The fact that Grace is writing this all down means she is really open about everything and doesn’t censor herself, I loved this level of honesty.
Whilst we’re drawn into discovering Grace’s life before she was kidnapped we’re also reminded regularly of where she is, and that neither we or Grace know why she’s there. I came up with theory after theory of what was going on, when I reached the conclusion and the reveal I was really pleased to discover that whilst I’d got partway there I hadn’t worked it out entirely – I always like being surprised by a plot reveal.
This was Cat Clarke’s debut novel, her second novel Torn is out now and already getting great reviews. I know I’m really looking forward to reading it and whatever she writes next.
Entangled is published in paperback by Quercus in the UK.