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Review: The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly

The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
Notes: I received an advance reader copy of this book via the Amazon Vine Program. All opinions stated here are my own and not influenced by how I received the book.
Young Adult, Mystery
Ebook/Print (320 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
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, a purple 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, and I'm starting to have more-than-friend feelings for him-feelings I don't want to have. But he's changing. He's almost like a stranger now, keeping secrets and picking fights with the cakes.
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.
Author Site: website

Surprised this very hard to surprise reader. (5 stars)

If you loved Becca Fitpatrick's Black Ice I think you will love The Foxglove Killings. It's one of those mysteries that really challenges the reader. I didn't think Kelly would be able to surprise me, I was sure I had the killer figured out and quite early in the book too. I'm very hard to surprise as a reader and that's both satisfying (who doesn't love being right?) but also disappointing because I love a good plot twist. This book did it!

Woven with fascinating characters, a setting that is as much a character as the people, and a theme framed on classism THE FOXGLOVE KILLINGS manages to be dark, intense, and brutal in all the ways that will keep you up all night to finish it.

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