Ebony is in her final year of highschool, and can’t wait to get out of the tiny town she’s been stuck in, especially since her three best friends died. A local cult thinks she’s cursed – and Ebony starts to worry about it too. When she goes on a date with the new cute kid, things begin to get out of control.
I gobbled this up in an hour. I couldn’t put it down. The way Black interacted with her family, with Ed and with the others spoke strongly of her ability to keep on going. But Black, I’m sorry. Sometimes you just aren’t that bright. Sure, you are under a lot of stress, but seriously! Then again, you are only a teenager and teenagers tend to do things like that.
What more can I say about this novel? I felt like I read it almost too quickly to form any lasting impressions of it. In that way, perhaps it wasn’t as meaty as it should have been for a young adult novel, but it certainly fit the bill of a teenage fiction novel.
What I enjoyed most was that both Black and the reader didn’t know what was happening or why things were the way they were. Things were creepy and uncertain, and it was good! Along with the other crime novels I have read at the moment, I’ve got more than enough terrifying scenarios – and I’m proud to say that this novel held its own for being horrifying.
I’m giving this 4 healthy stars. If only it had a little more depth in terms of hints and clues for the reader to interpret, I would give it 5 stars.
Penguin Random House | 27 June 2015 | AU $19.99 | Paperback