Would you risk your life to save your best friend?
did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought
back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a
terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year
later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing
drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up
in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues
unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s
abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that
after the woods was just the beginning.
My Review: 4 Stars
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had started reading this book back before its release date and then I got very busy with school and had to set it aside. I'm glad I finally got back to it and read it now. This is an interesting mystery with fascinating characters.
Julia is the main character, and I really liked her. She's the type of person who will save her best friend, even if it gets her into trouble, and she's also the type of person who wants answers, even if it means revisiting a night that could hurt her to remember.
Liv is Julia's best friend and the relationship between the two is very complex. I felt really bad for Liv, even though she made many questionable choices. Her mother, Deborah, was absolutely awful, and made her feel like she could never be good enough. I can understand why she did what she did in a quest to prove her mother wrong, even if the choices were really bad ones with awful consequences.
There is a side romance between Julia and Kellan (the police detective's son) that is cute. It is a good romance but it is very much not the main part of the book. Kellan isn't in the book very much, but he's a good guy who clearly cares about Julia, even if they have their ups and downs in the relationship.
If you like YA contemporary mysteries, read this book.