Pages: 336 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Netgalley
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.
What happened to her?
And why can't she remember?
I picked up Six Months Later because I was intrigued by the premise: a girl falls asleep in class and wakes up six months later with her life completely different. What the heck happened?
From the beginning I was riveted to the story. First of all, it was very readable--I like the author's voice and the way she told the story. I thought the plot was unique and it kept me at the edge of my seat, but I'm not going to say more about it because saying more than the description above will be spoiler-y.
The characters were great. Chloe was awesome: she's smart, stubborn and resourceful. She wanted answers and nothing will stop her but she wasn't one of those typical can-do-all characters in mystery novels--she had others to help her figure out what was going on, which was nice to see. I liked her ex-best friend Maggie too. She had a stutter and I really felt for her but she's a strong character as well beneath her struggles. I rooted for Chloe and Maggie to be friends again. Although it's not the main focus of the story, there is a romance and the love interest Adam was just a great guy.
The psychological mystery aspect of the novel was set up very well. I love reading mysteries to begin with and I can usually figure out what is happening or who the bad guy is, but Six Months Later I was kept guessing. However, like other reviewers have already mentioned, there was some parts where I wished we were given more. I had questions about Julien and Dr. Kirkpatrick that weren't answered and left me wondering.
But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Six Months Later. The plot was riveting and fast-paced, the main characters were fleshed out and I quickly devoured the novel. It was just a really unique read. If you like mysteries or psychological thrillers type of reads, Six Months Later is for you.