Blurb: “When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused – who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends – and themselves alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.”
**This book was sent to me by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.**
I tend to read the odd YA contemporary every so often if it gets a lot of good reviews. However it’s been several years since I’ve consistently read this sub-genre. I’m not sure what I expected from this book as the blurb is pretty self-explanatory but I was blown away.
Characterisation is so important to me in books and in the case of this one, there were multiple perspectives. It was on point: the characters were so well fleshed out and so distinctive that I didn’t need to go back to the start of the chapter to check which character I was following. What really intrigued me about this book is that one of the perspectives is the killer. It put me more on edge following their thought process throughout rather than learning their reasons at the end when their identity is discovered. However, one thing I really didn’t like was Grace’s (Eva’s best friend) chapters. I feel like they didn’t add much to the story except to provide an outside perspective but they still didn’t feel relevant. It felt more like they were filler chapters to break up the immediacy with the killer and Eva’s chapters. The book would have worked better without them.
This book is very dark and creepy so if you’re at the younger end of the YA age range, I’d probably wait to read this as there are disturbing scenes. The intensity build up was perfectly paced and I reached a point where not only was I scared, but I was scared FOR Eva. As a result, I felt so helpless reading this book because I couldn’t do anything except follow what was happening. If only it was possible to climb into books and warn characters!
I loved the writing style too. I felt like I was following a real teenager, not a bad attempt at one like I’ve read in many YA books before. This book will definitely stay with me for a long time and I will definitely be checking out more of Melissa Marr’s work!
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