Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois

When exchange student Lily Hayes is accused of murdering her roommate in suburban Buenos Aires, her every move falls under scrutiny from her father and the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, and what seemed like childish impulsivity now appears sociopathic, even to those who loved her.

I devoured Cartwheel in almost on sitting. I haven’t been one to follow any of the high-profile cases the book is based on, such as Amanda Knox, but I find Lily Hayes to be the kind of character that obsesses me. The book is gorgeously written, particularly in its descriptive passages, and every single choice made by the author feels perfect. I knew I probably wasn’t going to get an answer to the mystery, and I was right about that, but that didn’t mean I was dissatisfied by the ambiguous ending. Great book.

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