Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Crown Books For Young Readers (May 22, 2018)
Genre: YA Mystery
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter.
Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye.
Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.
There really isn't a whole lot that Armstrong can't write, in virtually any genre.
The very fact that she combined a very sensitive topic with a mystery and somehow made it both mysterious and heartfelt make it work, is truly a talent not a lot of authors have.
I love that this kept me on the edge of my seat wondering exactly if the main character wasn't slightly unhinged herself or if she really was being bullied and pranked by those that really didn't want her there.
Truly a great stand alone read that fans of Armstrong are going to love and new fans will be glad they took a chance on.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
I've been seeing this book around a lot and I'm really intrigued. Mysteries and books dealing with sensitive topics are my thing. I'll definitely have this on my wishlist!ReplyDelete
czai @ the Blacksheep Reader
I bet you will really like this then!Delete
I've never read anything by Armstrong but I've always meant to. I NEED to check this one out though. Glad to hear you liked it!ReplyDelete
She is one of my favorites, in both YA and adult. Her books are always so much fun and pretty unique.Delete
Really like the sound of this one. It's a heavy topic but it sounds like a good read. Great review.ReplyDelete
It was a heavy topic but so good!Delete
Oh a standalone? I want this one, I love this author !ReplyDelete
Yep! I'm really loving standalones right now as well.Delete
This is such a tough topic but the book sounds good. Great review and this has been on my radar for awhile.ReplyDelete
It really was but it was handled so well.Delete
I thought for sure that this was a Cainsville novel. I'm really behind on that series. But as a stand alone, I can tackle this one. Kelley Armstrong is amazing. I love her work. Great review.ReplyDelete
Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart
Nope not at all, total standalone and so worth it to read I think.Delete
I have never read anything written by this author. I do like the sound of this story. Combining mystery with a very sensitive topic.ReplyDelete
You definitely should try her, her adult stuff at the least!Delete
Nice that armstrong can take such a fraught subject and handle it so well.ReplyDelete
I'm gonna have to start reading her again.ReplyDelete
Yep. I totally need to start her Women of the Otherworld series. I have the first book, I just need to make time for it.Delete
My review hits tomorrow. I think she did a good job with this and I liked the suspenseful aspect.ReplyDelete
I really did too on both counts Kim. ;)Delete
I have this next on my TBR, Ali. I agree with you regarding her writing. She can do no wrong in my eyes, either. :)ReplyDelete
Hope you love this too then. ;)Delete
This is the second review in a row of this book I've read tonight. As I said in my other comment I need this book or audiobook. Sounds so good!ReplyDelete
Fun that they were both good reviews. I hope you like it as well. :DDelete
I just read Kimberly’s reveiw for this one, and between the two of you, I am convinced to try this. Armstrong is a go to for me.ReplyDelete
Woot! Hope you enjoy it!Delete
^SAME! I saw Kimberly's review earlier and the two of you have convinced me that I need to read this one. I was hesitant because of the topic and how relevant it is to what's happening in the world today, but I've always enjoyed Armstrong's books... so this will definitely be a read for me. Thanks! <3ReplyDelete
L @ Do You Dog-ear?
I think you will really like this one. :DDelete
She is a good one. I need to get back to her books now that I'm reading in her genres again.ReplyDelete
I need to pick up a couple of hers still as well Anna. I really do love her work though. So glad you picked her up again!Delete
It's been soooo long since I read anything by Kelley Armstrong, and I really need to read this! I love thrillers like this one, so that's definitely a bonus!ReplyDelete
- Aimee @ Aimee, Always
It was so good and done really well.Delete
Always great when an author can write a mystery with the right amount of suspense.ReplyDelete
Tori @ In Tori Lex
I agree, KA did a wonderful job handling a sensitive topic while making it entertaining and very readable. Lovely review! :)ReplyDelete
So true and thanks Rachel! :DDelete