Author: Jane Casey
Series: Book One in the Jess Tennant Series
Published By: St. Martin's Press (August 26, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town.
Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.
This book has been described as an unputdownable YA thriller and I have to say, that is probably a pretty accurate description of it.
I quickly found myself immersed in the world that Casey had created. One filled with the death of a young girl and the mystery surrounding it, all set in a small town in England.
This really was a great read, whether or not it could be called a thriller, is debatable however but, what it was, was a really good mystery that was pretty suspenseful at times and left me turning the pages until the very end.
It was never quite clear to the reader the real reason behind Freya's accident, murder or possible suicide but instead one was left with multiple guesses and options as to not lonely what really happened but why.
Even towards the end of the story you are left knowing that it isn't over, that there is more to it. We may have gotten some answers but not all of them and I honestly couldn't tell if that bothered me or not.
I didn't go into this one knowing that this was only book one of a planned series, which explained why so much was still up in the air.
Whether or not I could live with the ending, while still debatable, what this did leave me with was that urge we all get after finishing a story left unfinished was the urge to have to have the next book.
There is just so much more to Will's father and Jess' mom and I want to know it all and I wanted to know it all in this book and was somewhat disappointed that I didn't get it. Which of course, leave me without a doubt that I will be picking up the next book because I truly must know it all. I need to uncover the whole town's secrets, every single last one of them.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*