Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.
I might have been expecting a bit too much going into this one, and I shouldn't have. Like I've said a million times before YA mystery/thriller is a disappointing genre. I think everyone wants to be the next Sara Shepard. I would rather they just be themselves, and write a mystery/thriller that is possibly comparable but better.
Marr did a decent job of keeping me intrigued for about 70% but once I discovered who the killer was, I was done. Sorry not sorry. It just wasn't shocking enough. It was kind of like, "Oh. That's who it is."
Don't get me wrong the book had some things going for it for a while but I can't say that I was feeling it all that much. Why? I didn't connect with any of the characters. Like, none of them. And don't even get me started on the so-called romance. There was nothing romantic about it--which of course was a huge disappointment, to put it mildly.
I read the book and I was dying to know who the killer was, and that's why I kept reading. I had a feeling early on I wouldn't be giving this one more than three stars, and by the end I was right. To put it bluntly, a lot of these characters are spoiled popular kids. They're the kind that are uber cool because of their parent's status, and money. They're spoiled, and will probably dismiss anyone outside of their inner circle--which they did.
There was no particular part of this book that I was blown away by or shocked by. Marr tried, I'll give her that--maybe if the discovery of the killer was more shocker it would have worked better. I'm not sure. But I read the book through to completion so I feel like I did all I'm supposed to do.
I wasn't happy with the reveal, or the romance, and that pretty much ruined any chances of excitement I may have had. I'm not discouraging anyone from reading this, but read it at your own risk--because sadly it wasn't that impressive.