Published September 26, 2017
Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.
Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.”
I have been itching to read this book since I did my Friday the 13th Reading list last year. Unfortunately, too many books and so little time is the motto of this working, mother of two BUT I finally found time to pick it up today as I had added it to my list of TBR this year. I FLEW through it! Like, at break neck speed.
I have always had an intense fascination with serial killers; their minds, motives and the grotesque nature of their crimes. This novel by Perkins definitely spoke to that macabre side of me. I was instantly brought into the story when the character introduced to the reader in Chapter 1 ends up being the first victim. Huge Scream vibes! I found that to be a really fun and unique way to give the reader perspective into each kill. It also amped up the scare factor and gave the reader insight into each character, causing more empathy for each individual before they were ultimately brutally murdered. Actually now I think of it, it was also really cruel. Damn you, Perkins!
“The last thing he saw was an arm, splattered with his own blood, as the sawtooth edge of a hunting knife carved around the circumference of his head. With a squelch that signaled the release of suction, it popped open like the lid of a jack-o’-lantern. His brain was slashed into mush. And then the top was placed back on. Nice and tidy.”
Even though, you see the murders play out from the victim’s perspective the author was careful to cloak the identity of the killer until much later in the novel. So you still have the fun of trying to figure out “whodunnit?”. The characters were relatable and easy to like. The romance that surfaced between the main character, Makani and the token loner, Ollie didn’t detract from the plot but instead made the stakes even higher as a reader. Will love survive or will the killer cleave the couple apart, literally?
Grab a copy of this book to be transported to Osborne, Nebraska yourself and figure out who may be next in the massacre. Just don’t read it while home alone. Night or day. The brazen killer does not attack only under the darkness of night and he might be ANYWHERE!