Author: Kate Karyus Quinn'
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HarperTeen (June 11, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Thriller/Horror
My Rating: 4 Stars!!
The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
My Thoughts and Review:
The premises of this one drew me right in, with the unique storyline and the slight mysterious feel to it I couldn't help but pick this one up and dive right in.
What I wasn't expecting was the simple fact that this wasn't just a mystery. Oh no, this was a whole heck of a lot more than that. This was down right creepy at times and had me guessing from the very first chapter. I knew after those first few pages that I was going to be in for quite the thrill fest.
The cover on this one is quite deceiving, it is downright innocent really, something this story is not.
The description isn't lying when it says that fans on the master of horror himself, (King), would appreciate this one.
It has been awhile since I have read a good horror and this one eased me right into the story. To say this was dark and twisted would be perfect. In fact I could probably leave you with those three words alone and be done with this review. But where would the fun be in that?
Annaliese's past was a mystery and one I loved discovering along the way. Her memories came to her in horrible visions of her past and the past lives of girls very much like her. I can't really say too much but how it all unfolded was pure genius. It was creepy and edgy and truly had me wanting to know more. I didn't realize how much I missed stories like this one until after starting this read. I missed the strange and dark feel or a good horror. The twisted mind of a mad man and the terrifying feeling of the unknown, lurking just around the next corner ready to strike when you are least expecting it. I loved cringing at certain parts and feeling my stomach roll and then laughing out loud at others. The blending of these two genre (YA and horror) was seamlessly done. This is one heck of a debut novel from a talented author. I will definitely be keeping my eye on her and picking up whatever she happens to write in the future.
*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*