At the foot of the hill the lake was frozen in a dead calm, a dark mirror reflecting the clouds that rolled in above. Not that those weirdos down at the festival would be turning in any time soon.”
A year ago Poppy Sinclair nearly died. She fell unconscious into Lake Windermere and was pulled to safety by her best friend. Now she tries to face her fear of the water every chance she gets, but at Scariswater, a trip into the water to paddle ends with her pulling a girl out of the water… a girl who wasn’t as lucky as her. While the police try to write the whole thing off as suicide something isn’t sitting right with Poppy, as she tries to uncover the truth Poppy falls deeper into a web of lies, jealousy and danger and she comes to realise that the one thing that can save has been right in front of her face all along.
This has been one of my most anticipated books for a very long time now and its not surprising that when it arrived on my doorstep I put off reading it just in case it didn’t live up to my expectations. Thankfully though I gobbled the entire story down and loved each and every bit of it.
The whole book was fantastic, but quite intense. Poppy is a very full-on character and I think that the third person narration of the book was a great choice as she would have been a bit too full on if we were told everything from her. It was also split slightly between Poppy and her best friend Michael which I loved and that gave me a bit of a breather between the scenes. The actual story was just incredible and I loved how everything unfolded, how the police came to their conclusions and how Poppy came to hers. I really loved the setting too, both the fact that the majority of it takes place at a pagan festival and that the festival is in the Lakes.
The characters were interesting and I liked how they all had their own thing going on. There was a story behind most of them, the only one I thought we didn’t get much of a background too was Poppy’s parents, but I’m hoping that might be something explored in the later books of the series. Michael was a sweet guy but I thought he could have had a bit more build up too and Tariq was pretty full on but I liked him mostly. There were characters who were very prominent in the story who never even showed up in it and I love it when that happens in books, especially in the way it did in Dead Jealous. I thought I knew more about these characters than some of those that Poppy actually talked to and spent time with!
Dead Jealous is written in such a way that it is hard to put down, its very intense but its a murder mystery story so its gunna be! Even though I am not a fan of love triangles I liked the aspect of romance in this book and thought that it was well presented. The mystery element was enhanced by the books setting and I am intrigued to see where things go for the next book, even though this one rounded off brilliantly, with no cliffhangers and a scene I particularly loved.
I can definitely recommend this book especially if you are a teen who loves contemporary romance, murder and mystery; Dead Jealous has it all and more! I devoured it in three sittings over the space of about 15 hours, and that included sleep and work, so its needless to say its a great, fast paced, quick read.
Dead Jealous will be published on July 4th by Orchard Books. My copy was sent form the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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