A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn't mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie's life. That includes taking her job... and her boyfriend. It's a huge risk — but it's just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.
It stinks whenever you don't like a book as much as you thought you were going to. This book was one I thought I was going to love, but it fell short for me. I know a lot of people loved this book and I know readers will continue to love this book. I have nothing against those people or the author of this book. Sadly, this book just wasn't for me.
The main character, Hawthorn, was a hard character for me to connect with. I will say that I thought she was quirky, brave, and determined. However, sometimes I had a very hard time understanding where some her thoughts and actions were coming from. I didn't like the way she treated her friends or her family, especially her brother. Hawthorn belittled her brother and his feelings towards Lizzie's disappearance, which I thought was very rude and uncalled for. Hawthorn also came off as a brat quite a few times.
Another thing that I didn't like that involved Hawthorn was her romance. I thought the romance in this book was odd and sort of uncomfortable.
The storyline was very interesting, especially in the beginning. I thought the author did a great job at creating an intriguing and unique plot. There were suspenseful moments and moments full of mystery. I really enjoyed those parts of the book! That being said, there were parts throughout this book that I thought felt very slow. I think that was because I didn't enjoy the romance in the book and the develop of the mystery slowed down at times. I was hoping this would have been a faster-paced novel.
The main thing I had a hard time understanding in this book was Hawthorn's dedication to figuring out what happened to Lizzie. Hawthorn barely knew Lizzie and didn't even like her but she became EXTREMELY committed to figuring out what happened to her. I 100% understand wanting to find someone and do anything in your power to help a find a missing person. However, Hawthorn went to ridiculous lengths that I couldn't believe. Hawthorn went from almost scoffing at people for caring about Lizzie's disappearance to becoming the number one detective on the case? I think I would have had an easier time believing it if it had been Hawthorn's best friend or one of her family members. It was just hard for me to be able to believe that part of the storyline.
One thing I REALLY enjoyed about this book was the author's way with words. Hawthorn's voice felt so authentic and believable. I thought all of the dialogue was very well written. I also really liked the way the author weaved humor into the dialogue. I would definitely try another novel by this author because of how much I liked her writing style, especially when it came to dialogue.
So, this book did not work for me but I do still think this is a book a lot of people will like. If the synopsis of this book seems like a book you are intrigued by, then I would say that you could still give it a try!
2 / 5 Fangs
*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. *
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