A Life Revealed - Suzi Katz
Where I got my copy: The author, through Goodreads Giveaways :)
Tragedy can strike in a split second. But what if that tragedy brings with it both heartache and mystery? After her parents are killed, seventeen-year-old Chloe Jacobs discovers that she's been part of the Witness Security Program her entire life. While enduring twenty-four hour protection from U.S. Marshals, Chloe secretly searches through her tangled family history...and realizes that in order to find the truth, she'll have to fight for her safety, dreams, love...and ultimately her life.
First off, I want to thank the author and Goodreads for the chance to read this book. I won it a few months ago, but just now found the time to crack it open.
I liked A Life Revealed, but I didn't love it. The main reason I liked it was the premise. It's about a girl, named Chloe, who's parents are killed in a car accident (or so readers believe for the first few chapters). Later on, Chloe learns something shocking: her, and her family have been in the Witness Protection Program for nearly Chloe's entire life. She didn't know about this, so you can probably imagine her shock when realizing that not only has she just lost her parents, but she now has to go into hiding, because her parents weren't in a car accident--they were murdered.
After that, (which is about five or six chapters in) the book is really mass of problems. Chloe has to change her name, shut out her friends to sever all ties, and eventually move away because her life is in danger.
Then there's Christopher, on of the marshals who is protecting her whom she falls in love with.
That's about all I can reveal (ha-ha, no pun intended!) about the premise without spoiling more of the book.
Okay, that was all why I liked the book. The reason I didn't like the book was mainly because there wasn't much detail. It felt like the main character was barely thinking about anything aside from mediocre things, when in the real world, anyone would be running around screaming.
There was a definite feel of disconnect for me throughout the entire book. Then the ending, which is a rather large cliffhanger. I think there's another novel out (or planned) but I can't promise I will read it. Even though the ending was rather abrupt, I just don't think I liked this one enough to read more about these characters.
Like the cover, though! At first glance, I thought that the girl was in a ditch...dirty hands, hair fanned out. But that's not dirt, its charcoal from her art, so, I like the cover more. 3/5 stars.