The Child Wore Pearls
by Morgan Matthews
June Randolph and her father make the perfect team at their small, family-owned jewelry store. While the pair have always maintained a close relationship, the dynamic she shares with her mother has come much more challenging throughout the years. Now at seventeen years old, June has found herself contemplating life beyond working at her father's shop. Though it isn't until she is befriended by a ritzy, older customer that June begins to come out of her shell. The woman's kindness and infectious energy are a welcome addition to her young life the summer before her senior year of high school. However, secrets from her mother's past begin to threaten June's newfound happiness - calling into question all that she has ever known. Confronted with the often-perverse intentions of the human heart, the teen must uncover the truth which has been concealed by years of deceit.
~Personal thanks to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review~
Um...what in the h-e double bookmarks just happened? Um, what?! Let me be honest by saying, I had basically forgotten the synopsis AND the cover, by the time I had made up my mind to read this book (forgive my ever dying brain cells) so I truthfully went in blind. As a bat. Wait, no, as a hag. More...original. *snort* And because I am THAT organized of a blogger (I truly am not, and for that my soul apologizes. I mostly rant. And throw sarcastic remarks.) I shall divide this review accordingly with my thought process. For those who have been looking for a light thriller who may give that ‘I saw that coming, but am still SHOOKETH’ feeling, this story is definitely for you. And for those who might not want to get much sleep, because SOMEHOW you picked this book at 10 pm. To read. Also, who would've thought things would end the way they did?!
RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 3.7~3.8
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!
The thing is, *trying to find a way to say it nicely* JUNE WAS A DANG IDIOTIC MORON. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let's get into the book as a whole. The start was a bit rocky, I'll admit, I'm more used to fast mystery thriller novels (which again, I had forgotten this was indeed one of those. My mental capacity seriously needs a break) so the slower albeit wonderfully described details were a bit (tiny, slight minuscule) dragging. At least in the first 20 pages or so, but I'll give it room to breathe since, of course, any mystery novel needs its own development (doesn't mean I have to wait for it patiently. Also, fun fact, I finished this book at 1 in the morning, so I apologized for this being more of a mess than usual) Let us get right to it! Since this is a pretty short book I'll divide my thoughts into parts to make this seem longer than it is. And like, more informative.
𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: The Beginning of All Horrors *snort*
My initial thought process upon opening the book was, wow, a lot of descriptions. And wow, June is a great person. (albeit a bit annoying and simply dumb at other times, seriously WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH HER HEAD?!?) However, descriptions proved useful later on, VERY useful. For a debut novel, the speech and the world in which it was built upon (look at me, using words like 'which' and 'upon' in the same sentence. Fancy wording queen, who? Forgive me) was surprisingly impressive! (and yes, I am indeed getting the praise out of the way, so I can rant. Sue me.) Her dad was so nice, to be honest. Yeah, I guess that's all I can really say about him. Oh! And don't even get me started on her crappy---thinks she's bigger than life--- obsessive--- trashy piece of dung, AKA her mother. But we won't get to that. Now. We will get to it...later, (spy kids reference, people!)
Next on the list *placing spectacles on the smelling facilities*... Jim, dear amazing Jim. Oh! And Roxanne as well. Such dear souls. Roxie went and bought a whole wardrobe for a near-stranger (June), without batting an eyelash. The perilous joys of having copious amounts of green stuff which humans use to spend, my friends. Also, did I forget to MENTION that dear, mother witch here, was talking with a P.I. Um...suspicious much?!
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲'𝐬 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐜𝐡: The Horror Ensues
Update: I hate Jim. And I hate Roxanne.
Okay, I am probably not the only one that saw coming, the fact that Jim was June's grandfather. Was I the only one though? No, I definitively was NOT. So yes, I knew of that particular plot twist ages beforehand. I just didn't know HOW June & Family corp. would find out *cue extreme amount of anxiety poured into my emotional canal*. And my oh my, was I pleasantly surprised. When Roxanne would take June shopping, me, myself, and I were thinking about the same thing: WHERE CAN I GET A PERSON LIKE THIS?! HONESTLY, ADOPT ME. With like, my family as well. And pets. Might as well adopt us all, you know? The person probably has enough money to expand Dubai. They can expand my bookshelves AND my closet as well. I don't understand the purpose of fancy clothes, but Marshalls exists!
Moving on, the whole time I thought it was all good and well, the couple (Jim and Roxie) hadn't made overly stupid moves as of now, but wait... I miraculously started noticing how Jude would leave her father alone whilst she went shopping with Roxie, and she forgot everything about her mother speaking with the P.I. (WHICH AGAIN, WHO IN HADES'S THRONE FORGETS SUCH A DETAIL?!? Oh! Look at me, expensive clothing, doting grandmother-like being buying everything I wish, so let's just forget ABOUT THAT VERY INSIGNIFICANT DETAIL. SHALL WE?) And I began becoming wary of Mrs. Roxie. Also, the comment about how June felt uncomfortable with Jim? Uh...red flag, anyone? So yes, my thoughts were suddenly coming together when BAM! June broke down and insulted her mother, initiating a catapult of non-constructive emotions which THEN kicked off the REST of the 'suspense' stuff. Surprise, surprise, June was kidnapped. By Roxie and Jim. I sincerely think June's realization would've been longer instead of being like 'and I knew I was not leaving this place'. Dude, you were basically groomed to be their child. You should not have thought of that, that quickly. Without MENTIONING the fact that the new guy? Luca? Was working for them which, of course, my first thought would've been: Great he works with The Couple From Hell. But nope, June had HOPE. Amazing really.
Whilst all that ensued my palms were getting sweaty, and I was all 'YES! THIS is what I'm TALKING ABOUT.' (mind you, remember that it was 1 am, the lovely sound was coming from my lungs. A mix of whispering and a LOT of 'OH MY GOSH, HOLY CRAP, OH MY GOSH') I WISHED June would've killed them. With the knife. That she had on her hand. Which she then gave to Roxie. And then waited a month to be able to unscrew some screws in the HOPE (again, what?!?) that Luca would read the note she had attached to the piece of broken furniture to come help her. Um...*searching for words* I just--- I just can't with her. Finally, she escapes (with Luca's help), the Devil Couple most definitely died in the fire that had consumed their home. Which, again, could've come SO MUCH SOONER. If dear June here, would've been SMART and would---okay, I'll stop now.
Overall, since I didn't touch on every subject (which is my sleep-deprived brain's fault) I will leave you guys with this... The book was good, it had it's 'why is this necessary' moments, which I could've done without, and some details and descriptions were not that necessary, but I understand why that was the author's decision (And I tell you this because I read quite fast, and I tend to skip unimportant descriptions AKA things that don't kill anyone or turn anyone into a killer). However, I must say, I was pretty impressed with the execution. *Claps fancily* Oh! And the ability to entertain my bookish soul. Awesome.
Roxanne's wallet. Seriously, I wish mine were that...bottomless. *snicker*
The 'oh my gosh, what is happening' feeling of the story.
June's smartness. Oh, wait---
Luca being wonderful. Honestly, he had more personality than June's mom. And he was in the story for about 3 conversations. And he risked his life for Jude, SOMEONE GIVE HIM A MEDAL.
I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED, Roxie's house. *sigh* So much.
Again, I am very glad that this amazing author reached out to me and gave me the opportunity to review this book!
P.S: Yes, the book was good. And yes, I did enjoy it. You know, saying it to those who have not met (yet) my overly sarcastic presence and who may think I'm being rude. I am not really! I'm nice, I like to think.
Random GIF as an apology.