Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.
Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.
SOURCE: ARC swapped with fellow blogger
While having the lovely and truly diverse, quirky cast of characters I feel like Stephanie is known for the story just didn’t sit right with me. I know many of us forget these characters are teens and therefore won’t always make the best decisions and that can frustrate us but this book felt like the opposite. The adults were unbelievable to me here. There is someone killing in such a small town and the death toll seemed extremely excessive to me to be believable that things weren’t cleared up sooner, especially the end (no spoilers!) when in one chapter it felt like 20 people were killed by one person in the span of hours WHILE people were looking?
Makini though? I loved her, I felt she was genuine, both to her age and her circumstance. I enjoyed seeing her interact with other characters and open up about her past.
While still an entertaining and quick read, it is something I’m ok with reading just once. I’m looking forward to more work by Ms Perkins in the future.