I've been searching for great YA Mysteries and Thrillers for a while now. I have found a few (Dangerous Girls, All Unquiet Things, The Night She Disappeared), but unfortunately this didn't turn out to be one of them. Now just because I say it wasn't great, doesn't mean it wasn't perfectly okay, because it was. It was an okay, average, decently written YA mystery. It wasn't anything special though. It didn't go that extra-mile and it didn't do anything different from many other YA Mysteries that I've read. There was also an issue with me liking the characters.
I wanted to like Emmie, and at times I did, but other times I found her just ehh. She was portrayed as OCD, but it wasn't really something that was ever dealt with beyond "she likes things clean". She was painfully in love with Deacon and only after he's about to go to jail for the rest of his life does he want to acknowledge her feelings and return them. BLAH! I also didn't care for Deacon being the resort-town man-whore.... and Emmie is miss perfectly pure in every way. The relationship between Emmie and Chelsea left me feeling sad. I know there were extreme circumstances going on, but I don't really want to read about another YA girl friendship that sucks. I want to see girl relationships where we treat each other better.
I did like Emmie's family backstory, and because of the fact that her brother went rogue she had all these expectations on her. It did make me understand and like her a little bit better.
So should you read this?? I don't know! I mean, if you like the same old, same old, I say yes. It's perfectly nice, but it's nothing special. I also knew who the baddie was.... so that was disappointing.
OVERALL: An okay book. Nothing special or new, which is what I was hoping for. I didn't care for the characters, and found the mystery really predictable. I'd recommend it for younger readers.
This Book Contains:
- A South Carolina resort town
- A motorcycle
- Bad boy/good girl
- Some violent descriptions
- Over-protective parents
My Rating: 2/4
Date Published: 10/6/2015
How I got this book: Thanks to my Secret Sister from the 2nd round!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire