When two boys walk into the woods, and one comes out covered in blood, what would you believe?
Fletcher and Adam venture into the woods for an afternoon hike, but when day turns into night and neither boy returns, their town is thrown into turmoil. Avery, the detective's daughter, is the one to find Fletcher—dishelved, disoriented, and covered in blood. He has no memory of what happened, but Avery can't shake the feeling that something's off. When Adam's body is finally found, Avery is determined to uncover the truth. But if she stands by her gut, and Fletcher, is she standing by a friend, or a murderer? The answer might cost her her life.
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“Hello?” she called out. “This is Avery Templeton with Search Team Five. Hello?”
The silence was complete, except for the steady thump of Avery’s heart. She took a step forward and slid on the loose earth, tumbling forward onto her hands and knees. Rocks tore skin and the knees of her jeans as she slid. When she stopped- eight, ten feet at the most- she was breathing heavily, her mind reeling. She did a quick assessment for damage. Other than the sting on her palms, nothing hurt.
So why was there blood on her hands?
She brought her hands towards her face and grimaced as the streaks of rust-colored blood-congealed, dirt stained-that covered her palms.
She wasn’t bleeding.
This wasn’t her blood.
It was then that she heard the slow gurgle, the sparse intake of breath followed by a low, throaty whisper. “Avery, you have to help me.”
Avery stared at the figure lying in front of her, allowing her eyes to adjust to the dim light.
The word came out in a desperate hiss, and he clasped a muddy, blood-caked hand around her wrist, his grip limp, his fingers trembling.
She gasped. “Fletcher?”
Lately I have been finding myself reading more and more crime/suspense/thriller type novels. This one was really good. It is a YA novel in my opinion so if you are looking for a crime novel that isn't as grotesques as some or make you jump at every noise you hear in the house while reading it, then check this one out.
The storyline is solid and grabbed me from the very beginning. The two boys who are the typical unlikely friends, one jock & one a loner go for a hike in the woods, only one makes it out alive..... The book flips back and forth between Fletcher and Avery's POV. Avery is the police chiefs daughter and decides she is going to solve this crime and clear Fletcher's name. The author did a great job with the character development. I really liked Avery's character except a few spots I found her to be immature and a little annoying but she is 16. The story line moved at a steady pace and had me thinking about how and who would have killed Adam. There were a bunch of suspects in a small town, was it Fletcher or someone else. It is a creepy book and makes you remember that even if you think you know someone there may be more about that person that they haven't shared.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading more from this author.
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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~