Sometimes growing up is seeing someone else’s side of the story. Four stories. One truth. Whom do you believe?
Callum has a family secret. Yasmine wants to know it. Juliette thinks nobody knows hers. All Ruby wants is to reinvent herself.
They are brought together by circumstance, torn apart by misunderstanding. As new relationships are forged and confidences are broken, each person’s version of events is coloured by their background, beliefs and prejudices. And so the ingredients are in place for a year shaped by lust, betrayal, and violence…
Lost in Static is the gripping debut from author Christina Philippou. Whom will you trust?
Lost In Static is a story that is told from the point of view of Callum, Yasmine, Juliette and Ruby. We get inside the characters heads and hear their own version of events which I thought was really good as you see them for who they truly are.
The story starts off with quite a dramatic incident which grabbed me and drew me into the book right from the start, leaving me with a thirst of wanting to know more about the characters.
Callum is a typical bloke but with a secret to hide. Even though he is mad about Ruby, he is blindsided by Yasmine.
Yasmine I really disliked. She just reminded me of a spoilt little girl who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Very selfish and highly unlikable.
Juliette, even though a genuinely nice person, has so many insecurities that she lets her mother and the church influence her choices.
Ruby was the one I warmed to the most as she was the one I could see me most being friends with. Through Ruby, I think the reader sees how much of an adjustment to uni life can be. She is very much the cool girl to be around and always has plenty of male attention. My only niggle that I have with Ruby’s character is how she calls everyone, herself included in her head, mate. I’m not sure if this was to get across her character being a bit of a tom boy but I did find it quite distracting as it was quite repetitive, other than that she is a compelling character.
Even though I never fully took to any of the characters, I have to say that having finished the book, I’m actually quite missing them. I think seeing them from the start of uni life to the end of the first year, it allows you to see them all growing as individuals and by the end nearly all of them had grown on me.
Lost In Static is the authors debut novel which I honestly find hard to believe. To be able to write a story from so many different point of views can’t be the easiest of ways to tell one, yet even though the story flicks back and forth between all the four characters, it flows effortlessly. The characters really grab the readers attention and it is hard not to get so wrapped up in what is going on in their lives. I actually felt like I was at uni with them and experiencing all they were going through.
A suspenseful and gripping debut by an author who is without a doubt one to watch out for.
My thanks to Netgalley and Urbane Publications for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Lost In Static is out on the 15th of September and available to pre order on Amazon.