Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mental Health Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn


Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn 

Review by Lauren

Source: Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.

But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell.

Review: This is such a fascinating psychological read. Jamie has a lot of issues with his nerves and without his sister in the house, messing up their "ideal" family, things seem to be getting better. Except things aren't as perfect as they seem. Jamie and Cate were adopted by a family who lost their own little boy and girl, and now these two kids are mean to fill in the gaps. Jamie adapted as well as he could, but Cate fought back in a variety of ways.

From the beginning, you know something is up with Cate. You know she is out of juvenile detention and looking to tell Jamie the truth about their past. What that past is? Jamie isn't sure. However, I was fairly certain I knew the answer as the book continued, and I was correct. Now, I may have guessed one of the surprises, but I didn't expect the end of the book. That definitely had me a bit shocked.

Complicit is my first book by Kuehn, but I'd happily read her debut and anything else she releases in the future. She created a nice mystery with an intriguing look at mental illness and how having certain kinds can harm others. I read this book before I learned about Mental Health Awareness Month, but I think it's a great novel to read if you wish to know about some less-known mental illnesses. Sometimes mental illness hurts, but it's something that should be addressed more so people  can get the help they need.

Overall, a really good book that I would definitely recommend. Not all the mysteries were shocking to me, but that didn't lessen my interest in what would happen next.


I am linking up at Blog of Erised for the Mental Health Awareness Month book reviews.

15 comments:

Melliane said...

It's been a while since I read a book like that but it's inrtiguing, I want to know more about what the characters are hiding now!

Kindlemom said...

I have seen this one around a lot lately and it seems you either love it or hate it.
I am glad you fell into the first category. ;)

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

This has been such a common one for MHA month, and I can see why!

I think YA tends to neglect psychological thrillers in favour of dystopians. There's just not many YA books that really mess with your head and leave you wondering what'll happen next. That's why Complicit has been on my TBR for a while now, because I just know it's going to be such a welcome addition to YA!

Erika Sorocco said...

This sounds intriguing - anything involving mental illness usually piques my interest.

xx

Tracy Terry said...

This sounds like an interesting read that dealt well with certain mental health issues, thanks for your review.

Liviania said...

I want to read both of Kuehn's books - they sound so so good.

cleemckenzie said...

Well, now I have to know what that secret is and how when she tells her brother it will change their lives. Great review. Thanks.

Keertana said...

I enjoyed Keuhn's debut even more than this installment, so I have a feeling you'll definitely love it! :)

Giselle said...

I loved this one so much! And yes the ending is one I won't soon forget for sure!! So happy you liked it, and you so have to read her Charm & strange book! Great review!

Andrea Thompson said...

Oh wow! Now I'm dying to know the secret! Complicit sounds like a fascinating read. Thank you did bringing it to my attention, Lauren!

Lauren D. said...

I already had this on my list but now I'm even more excited to read it! So glad you enjoyed it and that it has you wanting to read Charm & Strange too. :-)

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

Definitely intrigued! I'm reading Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner, where one of the mc's has a serial killer older sister, and I just find that fascinating. I love a good thriller, especially psychological ones, so I'll be on the lookout for this one!

kimbacaffeinate said...

You have piqued my curiosity Lauren! I love a good mystery and I want to know about her past!

Zoe N. said...

You know how much I absolutely LOVE physiological thrillers / "WTF?!" types of reads, so you can only bet I'm going to give it a try!

I've heard nothing but glowing reviews for this, and I'm glad you felt the same way Lauren! The mystery sounds absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait to read it for myself! :D

Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

Aylee said...

Ooh, I am SO there if you found this one to be so fascinating, Lauren! I have read a few other rave reviews for this so it's encouraging that everyone has been loving it. I'm so curious about this one now!!