Book Review: Control, by Melissa Cassera

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Adeeba Jafri

Adeeba is the author of several books including The Baby Garden, A Zoom with a View and Show Yourself.

In this exciting, fast-paced book, Natalie is a student at an elite private school whose future was been decided for her. Henry, a new student with an aura of mystery, possesses precognitive abilities that allow him to see hints of the future. When Henry starts having visions of Natalie’s death, he decides to warn her, setting the stage of a series of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.

In terms of writing style, Cassera has a compelling way of keeping the reader engaged in the story. The dual POV’s work well together, and it’s clear from the beginning that Natalie and Henry are orbiting around each other. When they finally collide, it doesn’t feel too rushed.

The setting of an elite, isolated prep school with a mysterious atmosphere drew me in right away. I like how Cassera makes references to pop culture to make the students seem like ordinary people, not just elitist snobs.

Finally, the love triangle between Natalie, Wes, and Henry threw me off a little, that is, until it became clear that all three of them are harboring secrets of their own. The bonus chapters, with the addition of Wes’s POV, do an excellent job of setting the stage for the next installment of this series.

You can purchase this book on Amazon or wherever you buy your books.