The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
The Foxglove Killings is a suspenseful murder mystery psychological YA thriller about a small town called Emerald Cove that has a rough trailer park on one side, and rich vacation homes on the other. Nova and her best friend Alex are from the run-down trailer park and after years of having snobby entitled rich kids abusing them each Summer, they had no idea that this Summer would change their lives forever. When the rich kids start to go missing and one-by-one their bodies turn up, Nova sets out to uncover the truth, suspecting everyone, even her best friend.
This book was an excellent thriller. It had me hooked from the very start of the book, where we were immediately hit with the murder of an animal, and my interest only grew as the danger within the town became stronger.
I really liked the characters and the relationships within this story. All of the characters within the story - even the not-so-nice ones - had my interest and I wanted to know more about each and every one of them. Nova's relationship with her mother was refreshing, whilst there were moments where she hid things from her and lied, she was more honest than most teenagers would be with their parents and it was enjoyable to read about. My favourite relationship in the book, however, was that between Nova and her grandfather. The way she could speak to him about anything and be open and frank was so great to read about in a YA book. Even more surprising, perhaps, was the fact that her grandfather treated her like an adult and was as open and honest as she was with him - something few YA books manage to achieve, preferring to have adults who patronise teenagers instead.
As any good thriller should, this book kept me guessing until the very end. There were hints and twists dropped along the way, but they were subtle enough that the outcome wasn't obvious, at all, and I'm pretty good at guessing plot lines in thrillers. The story was fast-paced and I could speed through it, wanting to know what would happen but not wanting the mystery to be over at the same time. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who likes mysteries and thrillers, I promise you won't see this one coming.