I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Genres: YA, Mystery
Published by HMH Books For Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
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Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
Now, Ivy girl, you gotta know there’s bad out in them woods, and the worst kind of bad Rowan’s Glen has ever known is Birch Markle.
What I thought of this book
The May Queen Murders reminded me of some of those fun B rated horror movies that you might watch on Netflix or Syfy channel. It has all the makings of one of those shows. A group of people who live differently than others out in the Glen. They live more old fashioned and off the grid. A scary man who lives in the woods and has become pretty much folklore and a reason you shouldn’t go into the woods alone. And a ending that made you go WHAT!!
A murder that happens just like it did long ago. Was it Birch Markle? Or is it something or someone else?
Hillfolk live a bit differently than those in town. They aren’t necessarily backwards but townies might think they are, they just live a bit old fashioned and have their own way of doing things. Ivy has grown up that way and has been attached the the hip of her cousin (just figuratively speaking) since they were kids. But Heather is acting like herself and she is pulling away from Ivy, but Ivy can’t figure out why. Then tragedy strikes on May Queen day and it changes Ivy’s life forever.
While Ivy is trying to deal with the lose of her cousin everyone searches for Birch Markle as they think he is the one behind things, but it all goes way deeper than that. Hillfolk protect each other but at what cost.
Can’t really say much more than that without giving something away but man talk about messed up…lol. Just when you think you have it all figured out at the end it does a complete turn around and you are like what the heck!
I am not sure I am a huge fan of Ivy, she is way to dependent on her cousin and it seems like she can’t function much on her own. It’s a good thing she has Rook to lean on and sort of push her into living through tragedy. I really like Rook, he is a gentle and kind young man who I could see many a young woman swooning over. Heather had a lot of secrets and I wonder if she would have opened up about things sooner would it have saved her?
I wouldn’t call this horror but more of a thriller and if you like YA then you should give it a try. It’s a bit slow in parts but for the most part it has a good pace and kept me going wanting to find out who was behind everything.