Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.
Eva has an interesting life. The boy that she pines for ignores her and the guy she is with is more of a friend then a boyfriend. She seems to be happy on the outside but, on the inside she hurts. What she never expected was for her whole life to change. The night she is hit by a car while walking home will leave her a different person. With scars on the outside as well as the inside. Her parents are overseas and are having trouble getting home so she has her friend Grace. Eva struggles with the healing process as her face is left pretty scarred after the accident which is traumatic for any teenager. Things are further complicated by the fact that when she touches people she see's their deaths and the accident was not an accident but, was done on purpose. Whether its a murder or of natural causes. One of the only good things that come from her accident is that she reconnects with Nate. Her childhood friend and crush. Will Eva be able to figure out what is going on with her new power in time to save her loved ones or will her friends and family fall victim to the mystery stalker?
I liked how this book went into different POV's. We got to see Eva, Grace, and Judge (aka stalker/killer). We got a glimpse into everyone's mind which was great for the story and world building. I enjoyed all the characters, except for the killer obviously. Eva's parents even made big strides.
I loved Eva's relationship with Nate. It seemed so natural. When you almost lose someone you care about it changes you. It makes you really think about the fact that they would have been gone forever. I think Nate realizes this and wants to change things. He also knows that Eva is popular and he has a bad reputation and doesn't want to hurt her. They grow closer over the course of the story and I loved it. I felt like I was living this right along with them. The writing was brilliant. There is a little romance in between serious moments too. I mean come on they are teenagers. Will they be able to work together to catch the killer? Will Eva's visions all come true?
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of suspense and intrigue. There were a lot of twists! I thought I knew who the killer was a couple times and I was wrong both times! It was a great quick read and I highly recommend it!