Published by Simon Pulse on June 14th 2016
Genres: suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Free for Review
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This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessedÂ—or committed?Â—and the boy whoÂ’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And sheÂ’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near NicoletteÂ’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight AÂ’s and athletic trophies canÂ’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensionsÂ—and attractionsÂ—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
This book was such a wild ride.
At first I really wasn’t sure how it was going to go. It starts out a little slow. There’s a lot of background and information to set up before the book really gets rolling. Plus, at the beginning, the two main characters haven’t met yet. So they are living their own lives. It’s all exposition and takes a little time.
Nicolette Holland and Jack Manx have such unique voices. I loved that this book plays out in alternating viewpoints. I loved being in each of their heads and seeing what they were really thinking. Plus I LOVED Jack. He’s a great guy trapped in a no win situation. He struggles to always do the right thing. This is despite the fact that he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and everyone judges him based on who his father is. Nicolette, on the other hand, starts out as the perfect daughter. She’s beautiful, straight A’s, star cheerleader and has everything going for her. She doesn’t have the background or the family knowledge, but when everything goes to hell, her street smarts are impressive.
This book really reminded me of Gone Girl. It’s complicated with a quick pace. You definitely won’t get bored! Â If you are a fan of suspense or thrillers, then this is the book for you.