The Initial Insult

The Initial Insult Review

Welcome to Amontillado, Ohio, where your last name is worth more than money, and secrets can be kept… for a price.

Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo,” – a wild animal attraction featuring a zebra, a chimpanzee, and a panther, among other things.

Felicity Turnado has it all – looks, money, and a secret that she’s kept hidden. She knows that one misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is… only that she can’t look at Tress without having a panic attack.

But she’ll have to.

Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity – brick by brick – as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. With a drunken party above them, and a loose panther on the prowl, Tress will have her answers – or settle for revenge.

In the first book of this duology, award-winning author Mindy McGinnis draws inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and masterfully delivers a dark, propulsive mystery in alternating points of view that unravels a friendship... forevermore.

Title:The Initial Insult
Edition Language:English

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  • megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars rounded up**Tress Montor and Felicity Turnado used to be best friends. Not anymore; now frenemies would be a more apt description.Tress has an axe to grind with Felicity. She wants some an...

  • jessica

    ive seen MMs books all over my GR feed, so i cant believe its taken getting an ARC to finally read one of her stories. and i was excited about this - i love a good revenge story. however, this goes fr...

  • Farrah

    โญ4 ๐™„๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™‹๐™ค๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™จ! โญIncluded in this book are a town rooted in history, well-rounded secondary ...

  • karen

    before we start, i need you to understand something. iโ€™m a grown ladyperson who grumbles about semantic bleaching and doesnโ€™t bandwagon onto contemporary youngperson slang unless iโ€™m making a co...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Giving five stars to this extremely nerve bending, last standing grey cell destroyer book is real insult! It worths more than that! McGinnis has her own peculiar, truly original style and genius mind...

  • Kai

    "Apparently I am very bad at picking friends.Either I try to kill them, or they try to kill me."Not a book giving me post-traumatic stress disorder. I have to give this five stars simply because this ...

  • Christina

    This is an exceptionally well-written YA book that I wholeheartedly recommend. I was a big reader of YA thrillers as a kid (Christopher Pike was my favorite!) and one of the things that was most impor...

  • Diana | Book of Secrets

    3.5 Stars โ€” THE INITIAL INSULT gives a modern YA spin to the imagination of Edgar Allan Poe, taking inspiration from several of his classic tales of suspense. In Amontillado, Ohio, at the condemned ...

  • Ellen Gail

    The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. - The Cask of AmontilladoEdgar Allan Poe in Appalachia!? SOLD. Mindy McGinnis know...

  • Sheena

    Iโ€™ve read a book by Mindy McGinnis in the past and I was a big fan so I was super excited to get an advanced audiobook from Netgalley for her newest novel! So the audiobook is told by a synthetic vo...