I never thought it would end like this.
I never thought it would end at all.
But not all stories get a happy ending.
When Lennon Donnelly moves back to the quiet town of Puruwai, she never dreams that a chance meeting with a boy sitting at the cemetery will change her life. Her best friend warns her about Judah Mitchell. There are rumours that he killed his brother. But as Lennon is drawn deeper into the mysterious boy’s life, the events of his past unravel until she finds herself driving over the edge of a cliff and into the depths of the lake below.
Spanning over two years and starting at the end, this compelling novel tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah, and Cara. Told from the different perspectives of before and after, the story unfolds like a puzzle and reveals secrets that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
“Devourable” – YA Books Central
“An unforgettable experience” – Readers’ Favorite
This story contains mild use of strong language and references to underage drinking and smoking.
Genre: Ghosts, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Teen--
Lennon feels alone and invisible, the only people she talks to is her popular cousin and her odd grandmother. She deals with her family drama the best she can, but while on an annual trip to the cemetery to visit the grave of her dead brother, Lennon sees a lonely boy. She strikes up a conversation with him and feels a connection that she has always been missing. Little does she know that the boy she is quickly becoming infatuated with is also the boy everyone thinks is a murderer. Can Lennon help to uncover the truth or is the truth what everyone already believes?
This book took me completely off guard. I can honestly say that I never saw what was coming; I was completely blindsided by the two big twists that the author threw at me. I will admit that I found the book to be a little slow and fairly depressing for the first 100 pages or so. But after a big reveal, the story became even more dark (if that is possible), yet complicated and engaging, so much so that I could not put it down because I needed to know what would happen next. This review will be shorter than normal since I don't want to inadvertently give anything away because the twists are part of the reason that I liked the book so much. This was such a mixed up story with some very sad, confused teens. The book was full of heartbreak for every character (nobody got off without some torment) and it was not an easy read when it came to subject matter, which dealt with dark topics like death, murder, suicide, depression and bullying.
The book alternates narration between Lennon in the present and Ruben and Judah during the previous year. The story is told from the three different perspectives and the two different time lines to create a complex unfolding of the truth a little by little until the reader is left holding nothing. I can't reiterate how much I was surprised by the story as well as how my heart was ripped out so easily. Lennon was a very quiet character, too quiet really and almost blank in personality, yet a very nice person regardless of almost not existing. Ruben was ruled by expectations, always having to please everyone and fearing the day he wouldn't. I do believe Judah was my favorite character though. He was a complete rude jerk but I appreciated his honesty, his willingness to do the right thing and the fact that what you saw is what you get. The dynamic between the three kept me on my toes and each time I was convinced I knew what would happen, I was wrong.
I still feel emotionally wrapped up in the story even though I finished the book days ago. This was my first book by this author but I would love to see what other tales she can spin to knock me off my axis and keep me thinking.
I received this title in return for my honest review.
Abby Wilder is an author from the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.
She loves stories in all forms; film, photography, music, but it’s the simplicity of written words that she loves the most . . . well, written words and binge watching television series.
Since a love of reading has remained constant in her life, she couldn’t imagine anything better than being a writer so she set out to achieve just that.
Abby has one husband, two children, three cats and a dog called Joss.
Girl Behind Glass is her debut novel. Boy in Uniform is a short companion story and Girl Beneath Stars is the final in the Behind Glass Series to follow Willow Stanton.
Her next book, Forever Blue is due for release June 17th 2016.
For more information visit www.abbywilder.com
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