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Ready or Not – Tracy Darnton

Thank you so much to the publishers, Little Tiger, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Shared family holidays at Creek House have been the backdrop to Millie’s summers since forever. Hanging out with the other kids – Matt, Charlie, Jem and her best friend Kat – has made it her favourite time of the year.

But this holiday things are different – the childhood games that once filled their days have lost their appeal to everyone except Millie. It’s not until the final night that the others agree to a game of hide and seek. But in the time it takes Millie to count to twenty, Kat vanishes.

One year on, and struggling to come to terms with the events of last summer, Millie persuades the others to return to Creek House. It’s meant to give them closure, but it could be a chance to find out what happened. After all, people don’t just disappear, do they?

Ready or Not is a captivating and thrilling YA book that kept me hooked from the first page right to the last. Tracy Darnton is an author whose previous books have had me on the edge of my seat whilst reading and Ready or Not was exactly the same.

Throughout this book we follow Millie, who is struggling to come to terms with the disappearance of her best friend a year ago. Kat vanished during a game of hide and seek but Millie believes people don’t just disappear. The story flips between the time of the disappearance and then to a year after the disappearance.

The mysteries throughout this book really kept me guessing. I had no idea who I could trust. The story is told from Millie’s POV and is was interesting to see how she recalls the past year and also the days leading up to Kat’s disappearance. We also get to see little looks into the lives of those who were also there on the night of the disappearance and how if has affected them.

We learn so much about Millie throughout the book and how she has changed since the disappearance. She is definitely a character who you want everything to go right for but also don’t know if you can trust. We also get to see her interesting observations of the other characters. Charlie, Matt, Jem, Noah and their parents are an intriguing set of characters and Millie’s exploration of them throughout the book is captivating.

It has been a while since I’ve read a book whose mysteries, scandals and web of lies has kept me so invested. I read this in a matter of hours because I wanted to know all the answers. The fact that even at the end of the book there are still so many mysteries to discover is something I loved. I can see people interpreting the ending in different ways too which is a true testament to Tracy Darnton’s writing. 

Overall, Ready of Not is perfect for fans of YA thrillers and mysteries. It is captivating, shocking and a spectacular book that you will read in a matter of hours. I cannot recommend it enough!

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