She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.
The description made this book sound like a heart-racing thriller and I had to read it. But once I started, I wondered what I’d gotten myself into! I’m way too much of a scardey cat to read Stephen King, yet I’d let myself get pulled into a killer’s head! It was both uncomfortable and gripping.
The first pages are raw with emotion and I felt like I was locked into a roller coaster clicking its way slowly up the big hill. I was past the point where I could go back. There was no choice but to grit my teeth and make it through the ride because I needed to know what happened.
The stakes are life and death, but what makes the book so powerful is that you read from both the victim’s point of view and the killer’s. That makes the danger all too clear, while Ari’s point of view shows how unprepared she is for the situation she’s in, heightening the tension. Twists continue all the way to the end. Prepared to be scared and disturbed!
*It’s probably clear that there’s violence in this book, but I wouldn’t want to recommend it without making sure readers knew that. *
I requested an advanced reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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REBECCA J. ALLEN writes young adult science fiction with heroines much braver than she is and middle grade stories that blend mystery and adventure. She reviews young adult books, is a judge for the CYBILS YA Speculative Fiction book award and fangirls all things bookish. Find her on Twitter and Instagram, or on TheWingedPen.com.