Author: Tara Kelly
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Entangled Teen (September 1, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 4 Stars
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself — and Alex.
It is hard not to jump at the chance to read a mystery in the young adult genre, simply because there are so few and even fewer that are actually written well and keep you guessing until the very end.
I am pleased to say, that Ms. Kelly succeed on both counts. Not only was this written well, with hints and foreshadowing along the way, but this did indeed, keep me guessing almost until the very end about what was really going on.
To say this was a pleasant surprise, would be putting it mildly.
The plot was fast paced, the characters very well fleshed out, the setting felt very real, and the chilling murders, notes, and mystery kept me constantly on my toes wondering if I knew who the killer was and why.
I ended up reading this in one sitting, flipping the pages trying to get to the end to see if I was right and had it all figured out.
Ms. Kelly truly wrote something that I think will please any lover of a good mystery thriller, in any genre.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*