When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn't need another dead body.
I really enjoyed this book! It was just so creepy, between the deaths of Emily's classmates, Jack, and the various signs, and the vigilantes? Yeah, all that, and even less than that, would be creepy! So this book had that in spades!
I really enjoyed said creepiness, as the twin main mysteries of the death, and of Jack, were the main bits of the book. I mean, there was more with the romance, and the humour, but these mysteries made up the bulk of the book, and then coupled with Emily's way of describing things, was just breath-taking!
Emily was awesome, and like I said, she has a way of looking at the world that most people don't, she makes connections that others don't, and yeah, some of her descriptions are just so strange! And it was awesome to read!
If I could take one thing away from reading this book, it would be that I'm not ever going to be in a relationship like Emily is with Jack, because I would not be able to stand the mystery! My head make jumps that are strange like Emily, but mysteries in books (and other formates of entertainment) are the only mysteries I really like!
This was a really creepy, bloody, and awesome book! Loved it!
Author: Ellen Allen
Read: December 9th, 2014
Source: YA Bound Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded good and it's a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Book Baby
Published: September 7th 2014
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