Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees.
She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters.
And she got sent there because of me.
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.
We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.
Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.
This gorgeous and suspenseful novel weaves together the lives of three very different girls; Amber is a prisoner at a juvenile detention center, locked away for her involvement in her step-father’s murder; Violet is an accomplished ballerina bound for Julliard. The girl who ties them together is Ori: Violet’s one time best friend, who is convicted of murdering two rival dancers. Told in alternating first-person voices, this evocative story has so many facets; it is part magical realism, part ghost story, part suspenseful thriller, and entirely unforgettable. Despite that this is a compelling story with amazingly developed characters, the prose is what really shines. The mood that Suma evokes through her artful language is so haunting and uneasy that it will stay with you long after you finish reading.
Reviewed by Caitlin, Books Inc. School Planning