Iris's Father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him.
Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world.
Everything she thought she knew is up in flames.
Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas.
There are things he wants Iris to know after he's gone.
And the truth has more than one way of coming to light...
I decided to give this one a go when I was in Waterstones, as it was on 'buy one get one half price' and it was quite a recent release (July 2015). The synopsis on the back tells you quite a lot but it's also really vague which really intrigued me into the story. Anyway, let's get into the review!
Iris : Iris I found to be quite an unusual character/person. She likes to make fires, I don't mean that she just makes them randomly, she finds them relaxing. If she's angry or frustrated she will make a fire to help her forget.
Here's a bit of background information about Iris to help you know a little about her. Her father left her when she was little (well that's what you're made to think and so was she). Her mother and step father make themselves seem like perfect people (celebrity wannabes).I've already mentioned that she likes fires so that's that. She has one major friend, which is Thurston who is a sort of 'oddball' but also quite awesome at the same time.
Well, that's a rough description of Iris!
Ernest : Ernest as a character I quite liked and I found myself feeling sorry for him. Okay okay, wait a minute, Ernest is made out to be a father who walked out on his kid and wife but he's really not that sort of person. You won't fully understand what I mean about that unless you have read the book.
I know that the person Ernest is portrayed to be (man who left his daughter and wife/partner) can be quite relatable for some people. I don't want to spoil it for you guys so this is what I'm going to say, Ernest is made to be someone who he's not and the Mother creates a story which isn't necessarily true. Okay, that's all I'm gonna say, so if you want to know more than you're gonna have to read the book!
Hannah : Hannah is Iris's mother, if she can even call herself that. I took an instant dislike to Hannah, and not just because she's a fraud. Basically she's what I would refer to as a bit of a *****! Okay, I have to admit maybe I hold a teeny bit of sympathy for her as she just wants to be someone better than herself. Actually, forget that, I don't feel any bit of sympathy for her whatsoever.
I think it's safe to say that I hated Hannah.
Lowell : Lowell is Iris's step dad. For me, he was similar to Hannah, just another celebrity wannabe, who thinks he's better than everyone else and that he can treat anyone like dirt that he feels a need to. Just like Hannah, I took an instant dislike to Lowell (or maybe I should call him is actual name *hint hint*). To be completely honest, I don't actually feel as if there's that much to say about Lowell so I guess that's that.
Thurston : As I mentioned previously, Thurston is a bit of an oddball but he's quite awesome. He's a couple of years older than Iris but the two of them get on really well. You don't really see a lot of Thurston in the present time in the book but you do get a lot of glimpses of him in the recent past, like when and how he meets Iris. Overall, he only means the best for Iris though sometimes she doesn't quite enjoy his pranks and tricks.
I was pretty much entertained all the way through the book and I didn't find the whole plot to be expectant. There were quite a few surprises which shocked me but not many.
Really, I sort of only had one problem with the book and that was :
I imagined Iris and Thurston to be a few years younger than what they were created to be and personally I think maybe it would've worked better if they were actually younger.
I really enjoyed the book and all but it felt as if something was missing and that something was the thing which would have made me go 'WOW' and 'AMAZING'. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for the book, I really don't know. Let me know if you found the same problem down below!
Therefore, I'm going to have to give this book a 3/5!
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