The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone – Adele Griffin (14+)

I love the way Adele Griffin approached writing this unique and intense thriller. “The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone” is told through a series of memories from people in Addison Stone’s life, alongside notes and pictures taken from Addison’s own journals, and some of Addison’s best artwork, compiled by Adele. The question the novel asks is: did Addison decide to end her own life or was she murdered?

Addison Stone herself is an enigmatic 18 year old art prodigy. At 17 she had the art world at her feet, but the partying lifestyle takes its toll on Addison’s already fragile mental health. When she is found dead and nobody knows for sure what happened.

After I finished reading this novel I had to do a google search to double check whether Addison Stone was real or fictional. That is just how good the story is.

A wonderfully layered novel, I found this unique approach fresh and very readable. I like the way the author didn’t try to make Addison’s life seem okay – it was messy. And I liked the insight into her mind and what shaped her. It was also interesting to be able to see how the same event is viewed differently by various characters.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of “The One Memory of Flora Banks” and “The Leaving”.

– Danielle