This contemporary mystery revolves around Myla and Jamie. Myla has been stuck in the house ever since her sister was killed two years ago. A suspect has been convicted, but Myla is sure he’s innocent and the real murderer is still out there. I really liked Myla—I believed her fear, her anxiety, her panic attacks. On the flip side, when Finn stepped into the story and acted the way he did (I refuse to spoiler…) I do believe she should’ve kicked him in the balls, informed her parents or called the police. NO ONE is allowed to behave like that. No one.
Jamie, on the other hand, has issues with food. Like, deep issues. He barely eats, although as a general rule he doesn’t throw up. I thought it was very nice to see this issue with a male character, as I haven’t read it before and we all know eating disorders don’t only happen to girls.
I loved the chemistry between Myla and Jamie. The awkwardness, the cuteness—everything.
What I liked less was the fact that Myla’s dad had control in the house. What he says, happens, and his wife basically has no say in it. I really disliked that they weren’t ‘equal’, so to say, and was relieved when Myla’s mum finally stepped up.
The other character I hated with a passion was Evy—Myla’s online friend, and from the beginning I suspected there was more to her than we knew. Again, as with Myla’s mum, I was happy to see when Myla finally stepped up in this case, and told Evy no. Good for you, girl. Good for you.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading CONSUMED, and if you like contemporaries/mysteries, I recommend you pick this book up.
That was two years ago. Myla hasn't been down to the beach - or even left the house - since. Crippling agoraphobia and panic attacks keep her locked inside a nightmare of the day she can never forget. Her main contact with the outside world is online - until she meets Jamie.
Jamie is new in town and also struggles with things most people find easy. Nobody gets why it's so hard for him to eat. But, like Myla, Jamie is trapped by his fears and feels anxious, awkward and alone.
Gradually the pair begin to trust each other. Are they willing to reveal their secrets - and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good...