US Publication Date: 1st September 2011
Book Source: Lerner Publishing Group & NetGalley
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?
Ultraviolet is is one of those stories you lose yourself in, oblivious to everything and everyone around you ... an author's imagination at it's best. It's a book of layers, Anderson's writing has a magical quality and is so intensely visual, it's breathtaking. A refreshingly original storyline, a plethora of twists and turns, a maelstrom of emotions ... get the idea?
Immersion in the psychciatric hospital setting is effortless thanks to Anderson's exceptional writing. Alison's condition reads like a character itself, it's a fascinating concept that I'd love to talk about more but I'll endeavour to keep my review cryptic as Ultraviolet is best experienced with as little foreshadowing as possible.
Doors flapped open and slammed shut, like the valves of a pounding heart. Footsteps splattered blue onto the fluorescent orange shriek of the alarm, and the air thickened with shouting voices ...
The arrival of Sebastian Faraday at Pine Hills provides Alison with some clarity as she questions her sanity but also raises further questions. Faraday is a really interesting character, mysterious, empathetic and entirely likeable.
"Dark chocolate, poured over velvet: that was how his voice tasted. I wanted him to follow me around and narrate the rest of my life."
Did I completely love the slightly unorthodox genre digression? Not really, but regardless this is a clever, addictive and completely hypnotic read.
Want to know more about R.J. Anderson? - Visit her website.