Charlie, Presumed Dead

Finished Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.”

I love the concept behind this book and, while it definitely kept my attention, I wasn’t really hooked until the end.  (This is unfortunate, because there was an abrupt ending and I’m not sure there will be a sequel.)

The idea of a potentially faked death and the fact that no one really knows who Charlie is/was is a very intriguing one.  (Charlie sounds like a complete jerk—obviously, right? because nice people don’t fake their own deaths.)

I definitely preferred Aubrey to Lena—but I really hope there’s a sequel, because I’m pretty sure more is going on with both of them than I currently know.

This is an interesting book but not a super satisfying one.  It almost felt like I was missing a few chapters and that there were major pieces that I wasn’t given.  Even so, it is definitely interesting and will keep your attention.

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