Release date: February 16, 2016
Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?
At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?
This book was a whirlwind of plot and mystery – I honestly was so engaged from the prologue, that I couldn’t stop until the book finished. The writing was pretty good, and the mystery of the killer was certainly interesting. Sonia is trying to piece together the night Gretchen died, a night when she was also attacked. She is convinced that Marcus is a prime suspect, and is trying to gather evidence to pin him down. But as the story progresses, we realize Gretchen was not exactly a really good person, and the suspect list could very well be long. Then Sonia also starts to realize the nature of Gretchen’s and Marcus’ relationship, while falling for him. The clues keep pointing in various directions, and there are shady characters galore. More important is the fact that there were two crimes committed that night, making it difficult to pin down the timeline and the motive.
From the perspective of a reader, it is certainly thrilling to try to figure out the culprit, and it certainly was a shock for me. It was a ballsy move and made the ending a bit thrown together for me. That is primarily the reason I docked off a star – the pace and feel of the ending didn’t match the rest of the story, and the reveal of the culprit certainly raised some interesting questions that made me skim through the book once again. It seemed a bit out of character for that person, and didn’t fit in with the clues and all the things caused from that initial incident. But still, if you love a book for the thrills, I would say definitely read this one.
Received a free galley from Balzer + Bray, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.