Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on August 1st 2017
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Young Adult
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“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”
Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.
This book contained one of the strangest most mysterious plot lines I’ve have ever read from. It is told from the point of view of a convict, something that I haven’t read from in a while. Most of the POV convict books that I read, take place after they are in jail and how they break out but in this story that convict who is Ben is telling the story of how he got into prison. It starts out in the beginning of high school and how he meets his now girlfriend Rose. The characters irked me. I didn’t know how to feel about them nor do i know how to feel about them now. They are unique in the most strangest ways. Ben was a protagonist that I didn’t hate and I didn’t misunderstand but in no way shape or form is he going to be in my most favorite characters list.
I felt bad for him most of the time. He has gone through some deep crap for the majority of his life and all he really wants to do is get out when unfortunately he can’t. Rose reminded of a character in The Beginning of Everything where if you have read my review of, you would know that I hated this character. Yet Rose, just like Ben really didn’t give me a reason to hate her so much. I felt bad for her. I think I felt bad for most of the characters in this book, mostly because I am the same age as them throughout the book and they have all gone through some crap.
The whole murder mystery of it was pretty brilliant. I loved it when the actually horror began. It came late in the book but when it did come, boy oh boy did I love it.
All in all, I recommend this book to the newbies in the horror genre. it was a great first start to a brilliant genre, and I actually did like it. The characters and the plot all added up to the horror aspect of the entire book.
About the Author
I grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with many wonderful bookstores. When I was fifteen, my very first job was working in one of those bookstores. It’s where I would go after school, and I’d read everything that I could. Back then, some of the books that had the greatest impact on my life were young adult novels, and now, as an adult, I’ve found my own passion in writing for teens. Other passions of mine include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. When I’m not writing or reading (or studying for graduate school), I’m usually outside running or playing with my family. I currently live in Northern California with my husband, three kids, and our menagerie of pets. Life is loud, joyous, and filled with animal hair. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, my last name is pronounced keen. I know! I don’t get it either.