Release date: July 20, 2015
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s Halle Henry’s final year at Lakeview Academy, and she is determined to make it her best year yet. But when drugs are discovered in her boyfriend Alex’s backpack and he is expelled, Halle’s life spins out of control. Refusing to believe the accusations against him, Halle vows to get to the bottom of what really happened and bring Alex back to campus so they can graduate together. Now, all Halle has to do is save her boyfriend, solve a murder, graduate from high school, and keep from getting killed in the process.
I love how the theme of every Lakeview novel keeps changing. In Hush, we had a lost princess theme, then in Whisper it was a ghost one, and now we have a murder investigation. Time flies pretty fast in Lakeview, and it is already Halle’s last year here, after which she’ll be heading over to university in Europe. She has a few months left with her boyfriend, Alex, who had made an appearance in Whisper. They are lovey-dovey and PDA, much to the annoyance of their respective roommates. Alex’s roomie Wyatt has had a history of being involved in drugs, and when drugs are found in Alex’s backpack, Halle first suspects Wyatt. But Alex had also been a witness to a murder, and he didn’t not know he had been found. So, Halle starts investigating as to who may have planted the drugs in his bag, and it leads her to a drug deal. From there, it gets pretty dangerous as their futures and lives are at stake. Skirting around the rules, with Wyatt, she gets herself in deep. Even the police won’t believe her, so she tries to get evidence herself. The ending, though, was pretty anti-climactic.
Now, the one that improved considerably in this book is the writing – it is the best in the series so far. This time around the element of mystery was created, character backstories were not the main point (thank heavens) and the romance was not so cliche. And the lack of any love triangles in this series has been a boon, although it needn’t have been spelled out how Wyatt considered her only as a friend. Izzy was out and in, which was a shame. Alex was good, though he was inactive most of the time. North’s appearance towards the end actually gave me pause; do I sense a new romantic pair? Maybe will have to wait till Bliss to find that out. Overall, 3.5 stars from me.
Received a free galley from Green Darner Press via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or review.