Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel (Review)

22749846I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Two girls, Aubrey and Lena, are attending Charlie’s funeral after his supposed plane accident which left behind a bloodied jacket and is now presumed dead. Little do these ladies know is that they were both Charlie’s girlfriends, but both dated different versions of Charlie. The girls travel around the world together to discover the truth and form an unlikely friendship.

I don’t know what I expected from Charlie, Presumed Dead, but that ending was not it, but it thrilled me none the less. I guess I never expected it to be as dark as it was. Even the first half of the book wasn’t that dark, and gave no indication as to what was to come. I don’t really want to spoil anything so I’ll keep things simple – also, I leave it too long to write my reviews and I’ve forgotten all my good points I was going to put in here haha!

I liked the aspect of travel as it kept it feeling fast paced and more captivating because we had change of scenes fairly often, which I think is important with a thriller.

For me the relationship between Aubrey and Lena was one of the best aspects of Charlie, Presumed Dead. At the start I felt like it was hard to distinguish between the two girls as their narratives and voices were fairly similar, but it wasn’t long before they became more distinct and different. I loved their relationship. It was sort of a love/hate relationship, where they distrusted each other but wished to protect each other and they bonded over the same experience of being betrayed. I just really loved the dynamic between the two.

Charlie was a very interesting character. That’s all I shall say for fear of spoiling anything.

Overall, a thrilling read which gives an unexpected ending. I would probably recommend to fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynnand Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I kind of really want a sequel to know what happens next, or at least a novella because the ending is sort of one that could just end and it be a standalone, but there is also potential for it to continue to another book. So I hope there will be a sequel of some sort so I can actually get some closure.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

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