Individual Rating: 4.0/5
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I was given an advanced readers copy by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
High School Can Be a Real Killer
Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack
Innocent childhood superstitions …
But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.
Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.
Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?
You know that feeling, the one where you want to know what happens at the end of a book so badly that you read as fast as you can, and it’s still not fast enough? That’s how I felt reading the last 30% of this book. I was upset because I couldn’t read and digest the words on the page quick enough. I tried really hard not to skip to the ending, but I almost didn’t make it. My heart was pounding at an accelerated rate for the last parts of the story.
When I started this book, I was pretty excited, because the synopsis seemed really up my alley. I definitely liked it, but I didn’t feel very immersed in the characters or story, which meant that it took me a few days to get through about 50% of the book. However, once the characters started getting into the main conflicts, and realized there actually WAS someone trying to kill them, it sped up quite a bit. The first part was just a bit slow for me, but I understand why because the author had to set a base.
I loved the way this was written. I loved the characters. I loved being able to see every person’s point of view. I loved the ending and the resolution with Layna, but I have to admit I was a bit peeved at the last few paragraphs. Really?! Why would you do that to me?!
The idea of the killer going off of a play was intriguing; I hadn’t really experienced reading anything like it before. I felt that the pacing was actually really nice, looking back on it. There were hints and clues throughout the book that, had I been paying better attention, I maybe could have figured out parts of it. This book redefined the word “creepy”. The entire time, I felt a sense of dread, and part frustration, because why, oh why, can nobody ever stay in a group?! Why do they have to go off on their own?!
All in all, I did really enjoy this book. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read a mystery or a thriller. I’m definitely going to send it to my friends to check out, because I can’t wait to see some of their responses for it.
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Author: Thommy Hutson
Price: $4.99 (Amazon, Kindle)