Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.
In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.
Pages: 166 | Format: Kindle (Given to me in exchange for an honest review). | Rating: 6/10 | Goodreads | Amazon
When I was contacted with a list of books to choose from to review, I read all of the descriptions and this one immediately jumped out at me. I've been really into the YA mystery genre recently, and this one sounded really interesting. The concept behind it was really great, and I was really excited going into it.
What I found is that this is really a book of two halves. The first half of this book felt really slow. Not a great deal actually happened, and the mystery aspect of it felt a little flat.
The fast half introduces us to the love story aspect in this book, and honestly I didn't really like the relationship. I found it played out a little too quickly, and this is possibly because the book is so short, but to me it felt a little underdeveloped. I would be reading things that were happening in their relationship, and I just felt it was all too soon for them to be acting like that.
You didn't really get to know them as a couple all that well, or him as a person either. There just wasn't space to develop it enough.
Where this book picks up though is in the second half. Then the mystery side of it really starts to appear and the story is interesting. Jasmine's struggle felt real, her fear felt real, and the way she responded to things was believable.
Though the ending came about quickly, and I would have liked to of seen it play out further. I did enjoy the book as a whole. It took a while to really get into it, and I wasn't ever really invested in the love story aspect, but the storyline was good and it was an enjoyable book.
There were things I didn't like about this book, but overall it was a pretty good book and I'm pleased I got the chance to read it.
As far as recommending it goes, I definitely think it's worth a read and a lot of people will love it. For me, it was just lacking in a few areas.
Warning: SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS
One thing that did disappoint me about the second half of this book was the very end of the book. Not only did Jasmine's rescue happen really fast, but I just found it a little unbelievable that it was Easton who rescued her. I get that it makes for a more romantic story that way, having her deeply in love with her boyfriend find and save her, but it didn't feel real.
They were there with all of these police officers, and yet those police officers allowed Easton and his cousin to go ahead?
Easton contacted the police as soon as Jasmine's brother told him what was going on, and it just seems, to me, that the police would have made it there first, and Easton wouldn't have been able to get there, get found by the killer, argue with him, get tied up, Jasmine and the killer get away out onto the water. Easton escape from the cabin with the help of his cousin, and then find Jasmine and the killer. All before the police even arrived?
Just a little rant, because as I was reading that section, I just kept thinking how unlikely it all was.