Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Published: August 18, 2015
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work. And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
This was a really good book! I got this book for Christmas in 2016 and I finally picked it up and I’m so glad I did. Let’s start with the amazing cover; it captures the spirit of the story perfectly! And all the characters were very likeable. Stella is a typical teenager who happened to walk away from a kidnapping when she was younger, but unlike many characters I’ve read, she didn’t let it cripple her life. She did her best to get over it and took it all in stride when others brought it up.
Zoey is someone that I would hate in real life, but somehow, I couldn’t hate her in this book. Although popularity is her number one priority, her loyalty and love for her friends is redeeming. Sam is one of my favorite characters. He could be put in an adult book and fit in just fine. His maturity was refreshing in a young adult book. I was also intrigued by the story and the mystery. I honestly had no idea who was responsible for Jeanie’s kidnapping until they came forward and admitted it to Stella.
I will admit that by the end, I was saying “oh be done already!” because the author dragged the story out a bit too long after the mystery was solved. But other than that, I liked this book a lot! There is some language and one vague adult scene, so I would reserve this for older teens. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting mystery!