Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel


Charlie Price is a young, rich, educated jet-setter. He has also been presumed dead after he crashed his parents plane and left only a bloody jacket behind. When his girlfriend travels to Paris to his funeral, surrounded by family members she never got the chance to meet, she couldn't feel any more out of place. Until his other girlfriend starts to give a speech. Unbeknown to either girl, they start a journey - literally - to discover what else Charlie lied about, including if he's still alive. 

I really liked this book. It kept me hooked throughout and I sped through it, dying to know what would happen next. The girls both had an air of mystery around them and despite the book being from dual perspective, it still felt like there was a lot we didn't know about the characters. Dual perspective is perhaps the wrong term to use as 80% of the book alternates between the two girls, and the final 20%, intertwined throughout the book at random points, was the perspective of Charlie, which felt jarring and not really relevant. Towards the end, the Charlie POV was more relevant than it was towards the beginning, but he wrote about himself in the third person and it just felt a little out of place within the book. 

I liked the travelling aspect of this book. The girls go from Paris to London to Mumbai, Kerala then Bangkok and despite not getting to read too much about the cultures, they were still intertwined with the story and I liked that 'road trip' kind of aspect. The ending of the book is a HUGE cliffhanger and after tweeting the author, I'm slightly disappointed that there isn't a set-in-stone sequel coming out (she's not sure whether she will continue the story) as it was left so open ended, it wouldn't feel right just leaving it at that point. From the reviews I've read so far, people either really like this book, or they really don't. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend reading this book.

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