by Krystal Wade
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that’s great . . . as long as you don’t die.
Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.
Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.
Little do they know someone’s determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.
I love this book. Let me just say that first. It was so incredible. Everything. But. I must actually type up my appreciation.
I honestly thought the writing style was incredible. You are thrown into the world and you definitely get the feeling of living with the characters. I was a witness to every crime committed and all things said. The style also flows perfectly. All the reader has to do is sit down and enjoy the ride.
I'm so impressed with the plot. It starts out with Haley as an abused teenager; her father beats her and keeps it from her younger sister who idolizes him. Then we see how Haley interacts with other characters-her best friend and a guy who happens to be Chris. We see how much she misses her mother and how she is struggling in the world without her. And then everything begins when her father disappears. Then her sister. Then her ex-boyfriend. Haley has to find everyone before they get killed. I love that bit, the race against the clock. It suits this story so perfectly. I also like how Haley is forced to trust people, something she'd never really had to do before. She learns so many things in the story.
The plot twist toward the end was great. There were so many times that I just gasped and freaked out. They kept me hooked on the story (not like I needed it; I was finishing this book even if an earthquake happened) and dying to find out what happens next.
I do like the happy ending. Everyone makes it out okay, which might seem a little too perfect, but a) Krystal shows the mental and emotional effects of all the trauma and b) if the rumors are true and this is a Cinderella retelling, she can't just kill everyone. That would be rude.
I'm not sure what else to gush about, so I think that concludes my review. This book is so incredibly great, well-written, and a lovely read. I'll definitely be picking up other Krystal Wade books and suggesting this to all my friends. And some strangers on the streets.
Rating: 5 stars
**I do remember thinking the synopsis was a little confusing. That last bit about getting them together makes the guy sound like an insane shipper. He's not; he's actually trying to get Haley to keep Chris away from his house, which makes it so much more interesting.
Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there.
The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe us).
Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
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