Number of pages: 319
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 2
I’m reading reviews and wondering if I read the same book as anyone else. I went in expecting a dark and creepy tale with paranormal elements, but I got a story about a mean-spirited ballerina and an inmate.
The atmospheric writing raved about was your standard writing style. It wasn’t flowery and metaphor filled, but it wasn’t as fantastic as I expected either. The fact that the writing made multiple murders seem dull didn’t help.
Let’s talk about Violet first. You can tell from chapter one that she is a horrible person. I really didn’t need her to flash back 3 years to figure out what she did. Her chapters were mostly her whining about not getting to spend time with her best friend anymore. The crazy thing is that she was the one who got her friend convicted of murder in the first place. It’s also a good thing we don’t see much of her, since her chapters were incredibly boring.
The other narrator is Amber, an inmate in a juvenile detention center. Her chapters were far more interesting, but only until we found out what she did to earn her place there. Afterwards, I couldn’t care less about her chapters. Amber’s chapters soon became convoluted once the paranormal aspect was introduced.
Orianna was almost too good to be true. She had such a kind heart that it’s incredibly difficult to see why any of this even happened in the first place. The court based their conviction off of a rich girl’s hazy memory, not even taking into account the accused’s demeanor or possible motive. Those girls never bothered Orianna.
There were also a few plot holes, like how on earth the ghosts knew the parameters for being able to see them, but it’s hard to get into those without spoiling people.
Overall, The Walls Around Us was not the creepy book I was expecting, leaning towards the more dull side of the scale. It has therefore earned 2 stars out of 5.