I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Rating: 3.49/5
My Rating: 4/5
Goodreads Synopsis: Suspenseful and cinematic, Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider's hunger to belong.
On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it's the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.
But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact -- and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family's dark secrets and make Ev's world her own.
My Review: If you are looking for a page turner full of suspense and family secrets, this is the book for you! About half way through the book, I seemed to loose interest, but it was after I had to put the book down for a while. So, I don't think the lost interest was due to any fault of the book. Every single time you think you know what is going to happen in the story, you turn the page and find out another secret that changes everything you've already read. I love these stories as they keep you on your toes and it's hard to become 'bored' while reading the book. There was definitely a love/hate relationship with each of the characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, and I can't wait to read more of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's books!