by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House Canada)
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Description: Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.
Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.
The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.
The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.
Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom
The Good Stuff
- I am sure most of you know of my love for Kelley Armstrong and once again with this story she has solidified her position as Canada's most gifted storyteller
- I want to kiss her feet for writing a stand alone story.
- I always want to suggest Kelley's stories to our teen readers, but many shy away from the paranormal aspects of her tales. Now I can hook them in with this standalone, non paranormal story and they will grab her other stuff.
- Fast paced with plenty of twists and turns
- A wonderful strong, and flawed female character who you will fall in love with and cheer on. Kelley always can be depended on to create real fleshed out female protagonists that are kick ass and don't need a boy to save them
- Intriguing secondary characters that are just as fleshed out as the main ones
- Awesome love interest
- Fabulous dark humour
- Cannot wait to go to work tonight, to Staff Pick this baby and sell the shit out of it
- Sensitively and honestly deals with Schizophrenia in such a way that you learn something without feel like you are being preached too. A sign of a truly gifted author and beautiful human being
- Also deals with grief, suicide and PSTD and other mental illness' in the same way. Thoroughly impressed
- Some magically written scenes with Max about his family issues
- Brienne and Lorenzo's actions
- Love the scenes between Sloane and Riley
The Not So Good Stuff
- Was up way too late last night reading this and hubby almost had to grab it out of my hand and make me go to bed
- Was pushing the kids to go to school so Momma could finish the book - now I feel mommy guilt - like I don't have enough of that
"Blood money, that's what those packages are, and I want to scream at her in school, just stop in the hall and call her a two-faced bitch, and let everyone know what she did and and that it should have been her, goddamn it it, it should have been her. Except I don't wish it was, I don't dare, because I wouldn't have trusted her to keep Darla safe, and let's be honest here, I wouldn't have trusted her to keep herself safe, and I still care about her enough to think of that, even after what she's done."
"It's up for us to say we'll be a good person because that's what we believe is right, not because it'll earn us a better place in the next life."
"It doesn't help, because they don't know if she does or she doesn't, and neither do I and neither can you. But I do know you aren't to blame, And I do know that doesn't really help either, despite everyone saying it. I wish you didn't feel that way, Riley, but I understand why you do."
"I am, however, old enough to know when important stuff is being discussed and get my ass someplace I can eavesdrop."
I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review