Published by Zonderkidz-Books on September 27th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Teen, Mystery, Thriller
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Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.
Lisa’s Review: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ashton returns to Gilt Hollow when he’s released from juvie for a crime he didn’t commit. He wants revenge but what gets is more than he expects.
Willow has changed so much since her best friend, Ashton, was convicted of a crime she didn’t believe he did. She’s been an outcast in the small town of Gilt Hollow since because she defended Ashton. When he returns after he’s released her loyalty towards her ex-best friend is tested.
Overall, this was a alright book. The plot relating to whodunnit was good and unraveled deeper than I anticipated. Although the culprit was a bit predictable, the depth of the mystery behind it was surprising.
Ashton is an awesome character. He is so loyal to the people he cares about and is quick to defend them. His character had a lot of depth and I felt I really knew him by the end of the book.
Willow, on the other hand, was annoying. She’s very wishy washy throughout the book and, at times, I had to stop reading because she became irritating.
The romance between Willow and Ashton was alright but also predictable. I did, however, like the reference of them being imprinted to each other.
The pacing was was slow which made it difficult to stay focused while reading it. I also think my annoyance of Willow made the pacing seem more off.
Just want to thank the publisher, Zonderkidz-Books, again for allowing me to read this book early.