This book follows Venus, who does something horrible as a teenager and is sent to juvenile prison, and her brother Leo, who goes missing shortly after Venus commits her crime. You get to see how Venus' crime tears their family apart and how they struggle for years.
I have to say that I was not a fan of young Venus. But that was before I found out why she did what she did. I can definitely understand her anger towards her mother Inez. I was more interested in the chapters that followed Leo in the beginning. Once Venus was released from juvenile prison I became more interested in her story and really wanted to know why she did what she did.
This was an absolutely fascinating book. Whenever I was forced to put it down the characters still stayed in my mind and I couldn't wait to see what happened to them next. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.