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About the Book
Author: Tara Kelly
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller,
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself—and Alex.
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My Review of The Foxglove Killings
The Foxglove Killings had me on the edge of my seat from the first opening scene to the very last pages. I am so glad I picked up The Foxglove Killings; it is the perfect book to get back into mysteries and get myself in the mood for Halloween next month. While I loved the synopsis, I have had trouble reading anything lately. I was nervous that I was not going to be able to get into the story and mystery plot line and be able to devote my full attention to it. Most enjoyably that was not the case, this book managed to send my book blues away and have me so focus on reading I could not put it down until I finished in one setting.
Nova is a teen who wants to grow up to work in the police force, but it currently stuck being harassed by the local rich kids also known as cakes while working at her grandfather’s diner. The only thing she can count on besides her family is her best friend Alex. When animals turn up mutilated with a foxglove in their mouth, Nova certain it going to lead to something more. Suddenly a “cake” turns up murdered and Alex is prime suspect due to a few rumors. When things start to go sideways, Nova has to work with the one girl that despises her most. This kind of antagonist relationship leads to a great deal of drama in the book as well as Nova’s new feeling for Alex. I kind of like the added dramatics for the poor townies versus the rich tourist “cakes.” It was like a mild version the Socs and Greasers from The Outsiders aside for the raging serial killer storyline.
The drama really unfolds as Nova tries to prove Alex’s innocence as everyone around starts to believe he is guilty. As she uncovers more about those around her and the “cakes” the more everyone begins looking like a suspect. For once, I did not know who was behind the killings until the very last chapter as things unfolded. Even when I thought I knew who was guilty, there was a twist after twist that kept me on my toes until the final reveal. Not often do I not see a murder mystery suspect for who they are before there is any reveal, but The Foxglove Killings defiantly had my blinded until the end.
The action had my heart pounding, the mystery had my brain whirling, and the relationships had my romantic bone tingling. The Foxglove Killings balanced all the elements perfectly and I loved every minute of it. I would say I probably read it much faster than I normally would have because the tension had my heart pumping and my brain wanting answers. I would defiantly read another book from Tara Kelly, and I am overjoyed that I chose to read The Foxglove Killings.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**