I’m so mad this is the 200th book I read this year. Of course, I have no one but myself to blame – I should’ve stopped reading this series after the first book – but it’s pretty depressing that I’m celebrating this incredible milestone with this bullshit.
There are so many red flags here. Let’s start with how, of course, Hartley would have to suffer amnesia to consider giving Easton another chance after all the shit he’s pulled. Plus, by adding amnesia into the mix, Watt could gloss over any parts about their non-relationship that would allow the reader to question whether they should be together. Let’s ignore the fact that at no point were Easton and Hartley actually dating – in fact, in Fallen Heir it was pretty clear Hartley wanted nothing to do with Easton, even as a friend. But the second she can’t remember this, suddenly she’s his girlfriend and NO ONE QUESTIONS IT.
I don’t know how this teenage drama turned into a crime thriller, but it was not a smooth transition. It felt forced – like Watt was trying to distract us from the terrible chemistry between the two main characters (because Hartley is brainwashed into being in a relationship while she has AMNESIA and everyone else in her life just happens to be more terrible than her shitty ‘boyfriend‘). The stakes shot up so fast, and this unbelievable plot became even more unrealistic. But, even with no basis in reality, it was still incredibly easy to predict what would happen.
While I would feel no guilt spoiling what happens here so that no one else has to read this nonsense, I’ll do the right thing and spoiler tag the following complaints.