By Brenna Yovanoff
Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
Published: January 8th 2013
Edition Read: Hardcover
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor's peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian's ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah's just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn't there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able to move on with her life-and it's up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
MY OVERVIEW: I liked the mystery in the story. I guess I never realized just how much I like creepy thriller mysteries. I just wish the book focused a little more on that and not as much on the cliche teenage drama.
PROS: Again, the mystery. You really don't know who-done-it until the end. I also liked how you saw the other side of the typical "bad boy". You get a glimpse into why he is the way he is.
CONS: I don't think there were any characters that were really that well written. Lillian was very annoying. It is also a little unbelievable that Hannah thinks she can figure out the Valentine Killer herself.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall the book is ok. There was just a little too much "What is she wearing?", "Why is she hanging out with him?". If you don't mind the drama in your mystery thriller, than this book will be a good read.