ABOUT THE BOOK:
by Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 2nd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Lana used to know what was real.
That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.
Then came after.
After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.
I must say, I totally saw that ending coming. Well part of it anyway. 'The Telling' is the type of book that will keep you reading through the night. Point in case, it's almost one o' clock in the morning and I just finished the book. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but here I am going through everything I just read and thanking my lucky stars that I chose this book to read and review.
This is foremost a mystery book. But it has elements of being a thriller and for a time being I seriously thought this was going to turn into a ghost story. It's not. Lana has just lost her step brother to a brutal murder that not only sets a killer on the loose but with Ben's missing body. He's dead and now Lana who used to be an empty shell, is coming out so she can find what happened that terrible night.
She doesn't expect to be a loose suspect over her brother's ex girlfriends corpse, and when kids are getting picked off one by one, Lana knows that it all must stem from Ben's murder.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the book even though I knew who the killer was from the beginning. There's one thing that truly did surprise me but for the most part I figured everything out. The book is about bravery and to not ever be afraid to be who you are. It has themes of mental illness, death, child abuse, and twisted love. If you're a lover of mysteries and characters who sometimes seem unreliable, this one is for you!
'The Telling' is twisted and crazy; and I loved every minute of reading about the lengths one would go for the one they love. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexandra Sirowy was born in Northern California and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended a women's college as an undergraduate and has a graduate degree in International Studies. She lives in Northern California with her husband. Visit her at alexandrasirowy.com.
EXCERPT & AUDIO EXCERPT: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Telling/Alexandra-Sirowy/9781481418898