written by Lorie Langdon
published by Blink, 2016
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: So much! This book grabs you from the beginning–the bad boy with a heart of gold. Ashton is the definition of every high school girl’s dream guy. Your childhood best friend grows up to be a total hunk? Yes, please! The main character, Willow, is written well. Everybody can relate to her, and you find yourself genuinely pulling for her throughout the story. And oh, the story! This is a pure murder mystery, whodunit, thriller–and it delivers in every way. Throughout the book, you will find yourself questioning every character and wondering about everyone’s movements and motives. LOVE! This reminded me of The Girl on the Train–but written appropriately for a teenage audience.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely! I couldn’t put this book down.
About the book – from Goodreads: Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.