Alison awakes in a strange room; she doesn’t know where she is or why she is there. She has lost almost two weeks of her life. She discovers that she has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution and is a suspect in the disappearance of a classmate. Slowly she begins to remember that she is the last person to see Tori, but her memories can’t be right…because if they are Tori dissolved right in front of her! Thus begins Alison’s journey of discovering who and what she really is. She has always hidden her ability to see the world around her in a different way, but at Pine Hills she finds out that it is a condition called synesthesia. It is the ability to see words as colors and Alison has it in spades. But that still doesn’t explain how Tori disappeared or Alison’s mental breakdown.
This was such an interesting book. You never knew who to trust throughout the entire thing and at the end I am still not sure what to believe. Was Alison a reliable narrator? She had a mental breakdown. Can we trust her version of events? I think Anderson does a marvelous job of leaving that up to interpretation. You can decide for yourself what you believe at the end. I am not going to spoil it, but I think it is up for interpretation. Is is all part of Alison’s mental issues or did it really happen as described? I think that is the most interesting part of this book. We just don’t know for sure. That and the fact that it is beautifully written. I love the descriptions of the the synesthesia. It sounds like a horrible condition to have but Alison describes it beautifully. She can literally taste and see each word and letter and they all have their own personalities.
Very interesting book that you can draw your own conclusions about.