The book opens with him having a dream that causes him to sleepwalk onto the roof of his dorm. When he wakes up, he is forced to ask for help to get down, the result being that now he is on suspension from school until he gets checked out by a doctor. This isn't the first time he has sleepwalked, but it has been a long time. The last time, he was thirteen and he woke up to find Lila, the daughter of Zacharov, whom he had a crush on, lying dead in front of him and him holding a bloody knife. His brothers told him to forget it happened and that they'd take care of it. But he is haunted by it and finds he has to lead a pretend life in order to be "normal" and fit in like everyone else at his school and he is scared to get close to any girl, because he fears he might kill her.
The dream that led him onto the roof was of a cat, and when he goes to his empty, yet very cluttered home, with his grandfather to clean it, he finds cats in the backyard, and one, in particular, a white one, seems familiar. He begins to dream of that cat and discovers that it is Lila, who tells him, that he is the only one who can un-curse her. He also realizes that someone has obviously been altering his memories, since she is alive and he did not kill her. He must find a transformation worker, but has no idea where to look. He is a con-man being conned and he has no idea by whom. He cannot trust his brothers or any of the rest of his family, since they work for the Zacharov family, and Phillip is best friends with Zacharov's nephew.
With the help of his roommate Sam, an Asian-American student who wants to do special effects work in horror films and drives a hearse that runs on grease, and a girl who believes in the freedom of workers, named Daneca, he is able to keep Lila, the cat safe. Cassel also takes the precaution of implanting protection stones from memory curses in his leg, just in case. It turns out, that he has many lost memories that span most of his life, but they are blocked to him. The people who have been playing with his memory have been using him for a worker ability he did not know he had and has one more mission planned for him.
He must find a way to change Lila back into a human and stop an assassination. This is an incredible book that looks at prejudices against workers, who turn to organized crime in order to get work because of this and how the mind of one young man can be manipulated without his knowing it to do deplorable things, that even though he cannot remember them, he is finding it hard to cope with that knowledge. With the help of his friends he will try to find his way to once more, con his way out of this situation and save himself and others. The twist at the end is a real kicker and such a complete surprise it will leave you dying to get your hand on the next book in the series.
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It takes a lot of effort to pretend you’re something you’re not.
--Holly Black (White Cat p 9)
Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them. Sometimes I actually think it makes the wanting worse.
--Holly Black (White Cat p 53)
Lie until even you believe it—that’s the real secret of lying.
--Holly Black (White Cat p 106)
All friendships are negotiations of power.
--Holly Black (White Cat p 91)
We are largely, who we remember ourselves to be. That’s why habits are so hard to break. If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth. If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder.
--Holly Black (White Cat p 236)