Star Rating: 5/5
Title: Ketchup Clouds
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense, Crime
Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.
Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.
Before I start can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing the cover change was for this book. For those of you that actually own this book or have seen this book you will probably know that the pages have bird going down them. I loved this about the book, as I was reading the birds would take shape, the more I read, the more they’d turn into bird. The whole feel of the book is different, the birds and authors name on the front cover almost have a 3-D feel to them which I have never seen before and Annabel Pitcher’s other book has also got a similar style to the front cover, don’t you just love when that happens? They just end up looking beautiful on your bookshelf.
Don’t worry if you haven’t read this book, I will warn you when spoilers are coming your way!
Now for those of you who haven’t heard of this book before, I shall tell you what it is about. This is about a girl named Zoe from England (woo, England!) who has a dark and terrible secret, a secret that is so horrible that she can’t tell her friends or her family. One day a nun comes into her school talking about the death penalty and the criminals on death row, this gives Zoe an idea, she decides to write to someone on death row telling them about her secret, she uses a fake name and address so he can’t write back and she tells the whole story from start to finish.
That does infact mean, that this whole book is written in the form of letters, like the perks of being a wallflower. I really like this touch, it makes it seem more real, it sucks you into this fictional world rather than just writing it as one whole book that she’s sent off to this prisoner, it’s a series of letters.
You get told what the secret is very early on, in fact it’s said in the first letter that she sends to the prisoner. But we don’t know any details of how or why or anything like that. Normally you’d think that knowing what the secret is very early on would make you bored of the book, but it’s quite the opposite in this case. You just want to know more, you get little clues here and there and they start to make sense. This to me, says that Annabel Pitcher is an incredibly talented writer, she kept me intrigued and reading more even after revealing the secret so quickly.
I would highly recommend this book.