Review: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel (Spoiler Free)

Title: Charlie, Presumed Dead

Author: Anne Heltzel

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Thriller

Number of Pages: 272

My Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. 

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for review. Thank you!

This is going to be the shortest and vaguest review I have ever posted, because I’m terrified to spoil this one for anyone. I also believe that Charlie, Presumed Dead is one of those books that you should go into without knowing much about it. All you have to know is that it’s good. Really good. Basically, this is one of the craziest books I’ve read in a while. After I finished, I basically sat there staring at my Kindle wondering what the hell I just read, in a good way. This is truly a title that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good thrill ride, or stories that really make you think. I mean, even Marie Rutkoski (author of The Winner’s Trilogy) enjoyed it, and she has a blurb on the cover. Without a single doubt, I give this one five out of five stars. Seriously, check it out when it publishes!


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