MY RATING: *3 Stars*
The cover of this novel is brilliant. Spot on. Intriguing, haunting, and perfectly represents a vital and very creepy aspect of this story.
While the cover gets an A+, the story, for me, never exceeded the confines of ordinary. But it very nearly almost did! And that’s what kept me reading…
Don’t get me wrong: This plot is fairly original and offers many sharp twists and turns. I found myself flipping through the pages rather quickly and the “mystery” certainly packed a punch. While I wouldn’t say I was completely blown away with the reveal, I did flip back and forth through my theories — and that’s always a win!
The characters were well drawn out, namely the main hero, who’s convincing perspective was down-to-earth and relatable. The dialogue felt just as natural. The fact that the plot based itself around lies, deceit, and mistrust was interesting. There is romance entwined, but the mystery is largely where the focus lies.
I guess it boils down to connection. I never felt particularly connected to or enamored by this book as a whole. Something was just … missing. Although this story moved quickly through a string of intense events, I never felt it come alive. It didn’t deliver. And that’s what I was waiting for.
This book has all the ingredients of a mediocre Action/Suspense movie, with a race-to-the-finish-but-my-car-won’t-start type of ending. The build up was fun and I was curious as to how it would end. While I wouldn’t refer to this as a memorable experience, it was, at the very least, an enjoyable one.
▪ Genre/Category: Mystery/Thriller
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild
▪ Romance: A big aspect but doesn’t overplay the mystery.
▪ Characters: Well fleshed out. Flawed.
▪ Plot: Max is the prime suspect for his friend’s sudden murder.
▪ Writing: Decent. A great representation of a teenaged boy.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Hero
▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone