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- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: 9/16/2014
- Source: eARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours via publisher for review/tour
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.
This book was a mix of obsession, mystery, and romance, as the book description states. What you don't get from the synopsis is, it's rooted in mental illness. It never actually talks about that, but really, there is something majorly wrong with the killers mind, and that is what causes all of the killings and crazy antics in this book. This is definitely a thriller novel, but I didn't find the mystery too hard to figure out. It's revealed quite early anyways, but it didn't take much sleuthing to discover it first on my own. Even with knowing, it was still an enjoyable story.
Eva lives in a small town where social status and family pedigree still means pretty much everything. If you are from a well known, well off family, you should only associate with people of the same status. When it comes to dating, it's pretty much almost like going back to the days of arranged marriages. Of course, with all of that, there is also the way the town is. People don't get murdered. It's a safe and quiet town where mannerisms are one of the most important things.
Eva is one of the Elite crowd. One of the important people of the town by her heritage. She is dating one of the acceptable guys and things are pretty good. That is until she almost gets killed when she's hit by a car. Now she is a broken mangled mess, and on top of that, it's no accident that she was hit.Oh, and the fact that she can see people's deaths before they happen. Now, there is someone after her friends too and she needs to find out who. I really liked Eva because even though she is one of the top families in town, she's not stuck up or thinks she's better than anyone. Sadly, I don't think that she would have actually done some of the things she did if she hadn't had her accident, but we'll ignore that fact. She is a good person, and really cares about others. She will do anything she can to make sure nobody else gets hurt or killed. Even at risk to herself.
There is romance in this, but I did like it. I thought that it was sweet and fit into the story perfectly. It also gives more to the storyline of the crazy person who is taking people out trying to send Eva a message. I thought that Eva and Nate were a great couple, and even though they had their issues in the past, I was glad to see them move past it. In fact, Nate was one of my favorite parts of this book.
There is a lot of religion in this, but not in a preachy way. The murderer thinks that God is the one showing them the way. To them, it's what God wants, and everything that he does is teaching a lesson to Eva so that she can see the truth. It was all very creepy and gave me chills at how deep the obsession and delusions were.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story and it was paced perfectly. It didn't rush through things, but it was fast enough to keep my wandering mind interested. I wouldn't call it southern gothic as the synopsis suggests, but it was a great thriller with a dose of sweet romance and creep factor. I have not read any of Marr's other books, but after reading this, I really want to check out more of her books.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.
- All 5 of Melissa's Wicked Lovely books (paperback),
- The Desert Tale - Wicked Lovely companion book (paperback),
- A hardcover copy of Made For You
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