Famous Last Words

In YA Book Reviews on September 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm


 by Katie Alender

YA Mystery Thriller/©2014/312 Pages/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above

Publisher’s Comments (Amazon):

Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.  Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem — and the movies.

My Comments:

This is a well thought out, compelling mystery thriller. Even though I am not the target audience, I couldn’t put it down. I liked the plot and how it all unfolded. I thought it had just the right amount of terror to keep things interesting (for me and YA readers!) but you could still sleep at night. The characters were interesting, and all made significant contributions to the unfolding of the plot. I was especially fascinated by the ghost parts and how they moved the plot. All in all, a good read.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars






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