It's been a year since that ill-fated trip to the Poconos. A year since The Real Ali died in that fire. A year since the last of A's torturous texts were sent.
So Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily should be feeling relieved, happy and semi well-adjusted now.
But 10 months ago, something happened in Jamaica during spring break. Something the girls can Never Speak Of Again. Something so bad that it has fractured their friendship.
Now the girls aren't even talking. But A is. Oh yes, A is back from the dead, knows all and is ready to use their secrets against them.
Seems those Pretty Little Liars will never learn.
So, much like the girls, we thought this was all over but then A (and Sara Shepard) gives us another scandalous secret and pulls us back in (and will continue to do so for at least 3 more books!)
This time around the girls have done a VERY dirty deed, like waaaaay worse than The Jenna Thing. It's so bad that they can't even talk to each other anymore. They don't wanna be reminded of what went down. But, of course, the Little Liars secrets never stay buried for long. And, as I mentioned before, A is suddenly back with a vengeance.
But what of our Pretty Littles?
Here's a rundown of the naughtiness of each girl:
Aria is still dating Noel Kahn and things seem to be going well. Until a super hot foreign-exchange student named Klaudia moves into Kahn manor. Now Aria is totally jealous. And she has a right to be. Even though Klaudia is nice to Aria's face, she definitely has her eye on Noel and is ready to push Aria's ass completely out of the picture.
Emily has a juicy secret of her own. It's why she quit the swim team and is now scrambling for a scholarship. On the plus side, she's made a new friend. A girl named Chloe whose family just moved into the Cavanaugh's old place. Chloe is nice and her dad is a big donor for the University of North Carolina and he's more than willing to help Em get a scholarship. But he's also a pervert, making advances toward Emily and generally making her uncomfortable. She doesn't know if she should say something to Chloe and risk losing yet another friendship or if she should just toss this secret on top of her growing pile.
Hanna's dad is running for Senate. So things in her world are very red, white and blue right now. When a photographer favors her over stepsis Kate, Hanna thinks that she's on her way to becoming America's Next Top Model (completely bypassing Tyra and The Jays, no less.) But it turns out this guy might not be totally on the up and up. So Hanna gets in a little hot water and needs some serious cash to keep the photographer quiet and remain in daddy's good graces.
Spencer got off fairly unscathed in this book. Her mother has moved on from her lying, cheating, Ali-fathering ex, to a new man, the ridiculously named Mr. Pennythistle who plans on marrying Spencer's mom. Which would be totally fine if Spencer didn't have the hots for her soon-to-be stepbrother, Zach, who has a secret of his own. But the "What Happens Next..." portion promises that Spencer has been just as bad as the other girls and we'll find out her secrets soon enough.
And there's still the whole Jamaica Thing. We find out what happened on spring break in Twisted. And lets just say it wasn't ta-ta flashing for a couple of lousy beads either. But we don't get all the info. Duh! That's what books 10-12 are for!
And there's this new A. That could possibly be the old A. Maybe? Could it be? But she died in that fire! Didn't she? DIDN'T SHE?!?!
We'll have to stay tuned for book #10: Ruthless. (Coming to a bookshelf near you December 6th.)
If you liked the first 8 books and are a fan of the TV series then you'll probably like Twisted. There's a new mystery and a few new characters. But more importantly there are all new secrets and lies and a creepo stalker just waiting to let them out!
The Scale of Judgment says...... 4.