I really enjoyed the author’s use of language in this book. I liked how they slowly explained the events occurring, without revealing too much, letting me become totally immersed into the drama. I could feel the intensity and the energy of this book which I didn’t put down until I had finished it.
I also liked that there weren’t many individuals to keep track of in this book. Reading this on vacation, I didn’t want to have to resort to keeping a lot of notes on it while reading it. I found that, I got so involved in reading it, I forgot to write down anything about it except for the first few pages.
The book centers around a girl named Thea who moved to Greenwood and lives with her Aunt Mae. Aunt Mae has a reputation around town as being witch, or perhaps a lunatic. Yeah, not a good one to have. Some think it’s because she’s a drunk and when she’s like that, she likes to talk. Her talking is not pleasant either. Aunt Mae tries to warn individuals about things that she has seen, things that haven’t yet occurred and that doesn’t settle too well with some individuals. Aunt Mae doesn’t move much from the couch, she keeps her bottle close to her and Thea makes sure that her aunt has a fresh supply.
When we meet Thea, it’s Friday night and she’s headed off to the Crow’s Nest to hear the band, Last Things. It’ll be a mixed crowd of high school kids to heavy metal fans. Last Things is a local band and they’re becoming quite popular. Anders started the group and when he plays, he gets lost in his music just like their fans get lost when he plays on stage. They put on quite the show and lately, the place has been packed.
Thea stays off to the side when she watches the group perform, she hasn’t missed a show, since she got in town. Back at Aunt Mae’s, Thea has been stockpiling items outside, taking great care to secure these items, hidden from sight. Why she’s doing this, I have no idea but the idea that she doing this to “lock them out,” intrigues me. Thea attends high school, where she doesn’t really fit in but she watches and she’s aware of her surroundings. She keeps an eye on Anders, he’s different than the guy who everyone loves on stage on the weekends. Is this a crush or it is something else? Does Anders even know about Thea? I was beginning to wonder what their connection was.
Thea doesn’t spend much time at home but when she does, she talks with her aunt. Thea and her aunt have a bond with “them.” Thea feels that “they” are becoming bolder and closer and Aunt Mae understands this. What they are talking about and how this all ties in with Anders was getting quite interesting as Thea’s behavior was getting stranger. I was all in and I couldn’t put this book down.
Thank you to Harper Collins and Epic Reads Insiders for supplying a copy of this book to me for an honest review.