Author: Lorie Langdon
Source:ARC from netgalley
The cover failed to impress, to be honest. Somehow, it does not do justice to the theme of the story. Seems like a generic cover.
Ashton Keller spent three years in jail for murdering his friend when he was fourteen. His best friend Willow Lamott never believed that he was the real criminal. Even though three witnesses claimed Ashton as being the murderer, Willow stood by her belief.
This made her life difficult after Ashton was sentenced to prison, with everyone accusing her for her loyalty to a murderer. To make matters worse, Ashton never replied to any of her letters and she felt lonely and was forced to withdraw.
Ashton on the other hand was feeling betrayed and hurt because everyone he loved abandoned him ad left him to suffer.
But after his early release from jail, he is determined to go back to Guilt Hollow and set everything right.
His experience has made him mistrustful of everyone, but will Willow be able to gain his trust back and will the misunderstanding between them be able to resolve.
Someone in Guilt Hollow is determined to get rid of Ashton and anyone who is willing to help him. And since no one in the authority is on his side, Ashton has to tread carefully or abandon his mission, just to protect Willow and her family.
It’s an entertaining read. The twists and turns are interesting. There isn’t a dull moment. Though the last few chapters before the ending are a bit cliche, with everything unfolding in a classic high-school haloween backdrop.
Other than that, the book maintains its originality.
The characters are really well developed. Their interactions, their emotions are excellently described.
The chemistry between the lead characters is well developed.
Overall a nice read.
My Rating : 6 out of 10
Mood Recommendation: Read this if you are in the mood of a little bit of a mix of crime/mystery/high school romance.
The romance, by the way, avoids being cheesy, thankfully.
I received this book from netgalley for review purposes.