I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
Genres: YA, Suspense
Published by Entangled Teen on September 1st 2015
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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.
What I thought of this book
This was my first book by Tara Kelly and I really enjoyed it.
The Foxglove Killings is about Nova and some of the regulars at Emerald Cove and the “Cakes” who are the rich kids that are vacationing with their parents. The cakes are always picking on the regular kids and have done some pretty mean things to some of them.
Nova and her friend Alex run across a deer that is staged with a foxglove in it’s mouth and Nova just feel that this might just be the beginning. Then the first teen is found dead with a foxglove in her mouth and things begin to escalate between the two groups.
Some of the rich kids are saying that Alex was last seen with Amber and he must be the killer. Of course Nova doesn’t believe it but she has seen a change in her best friend that is a bit scary.
The one person that Nova can’t stand is the only person who believes that Alex didn’t do it so they grudgingly team up to prove he didn’t do it.
Nova is a good character but she has her flaws. She can see how her friend is changing but I felt she didn’t dig into the reason why or anything to much. She was a bit selfish in the fact that she didn’t want him to change or understand why he had. Though he had changed she never faltered in the fact that she thought he was innocent and I liked that about her.
The mystery in this story was really good. I was always trying to figure out and guess who might be killing the rich kids and I was really surprised by who the killer were. So I really loved that fact that I didn’t figure it out and was so surprised, that makes for a good mystery.
Overall I thought it was a good YA mystery though it did have some slow parts. If you like YA and mysteries then you will enjoy this one.
Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author, one-girl-band, graphic designer, editor, and photographer. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.
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