When she was thirteen years old, Ada Howell lost not just her father, but the life she felt she was destined to lead. Now, at eighteen, Ada is given a second chance when her wealthy godmother gifts
her with an extravagant art history trip to Italy.

In the palazzos of Venice, the cathedrals of Florence and the villas of Rome, she finally finds herself among the kind of people she aspires to be: sophisticated, cultured, privileged. Ada does everything in her power to prove she is one of them. And when a member of the group dies in suspicious
circumstances, she seizes the opportunity to permanently bind herself to this gilded set.

But everything hidden must eventually surface, and when it does, Ada discovers she’s been keeping a far darker secret than she could ever have imagined…

This book really transported me to Venice, Florence and Rome and also into to the life of the rich and entitled, the tension was just right and I was dying to see where it would go from the first few pages.⁠ I loved all all the rich descriptions of the architecture and art, so vivid that I could really see it in my mind so much so that I almost felt like I would be able to reach out and touch it.

It was a great look at the elite, how people long to be part of it and how one split second choice can shape a life. I loved the character study of Ada’s character and how she was constantly deceiving people in order to make herself happy but never quite getting there. I also loved the ending as I genuinely wasn’t expecting it and overall really enjoyed the book.

I also listened to some of this as audio and the I think the narrator really got the vibe and tone right.⁠

Laura Vaughan grew up in rural Wales and studied Art History in Italy and Classics at Bristol and Oxford. She got her first book deal aged twenty-two and went on to write eleven books for children and young adults. is her first novel for adults. She lives in South London with her husband and two children.

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