Official Stuff –
Author – Andrea Hannah
Pages – 336
Publisher – Flux
Series – Stand Alone
After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she’s been dying to leave behind.
But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her “delusions,” Claire can’t seem to escape the wolf’s eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she’s ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella’s trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.
Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister’s disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.
My Rating – 3 1/2 of 5 stars
I received a digital copy of this book for free from Netgalley on behalf of Flux in exchange for a fair review.
I don’t know what to make of this book. Maybe I’m just not intelligent enough for it. I read a big chunk of it while I was on road trip so maybe I should’ve been more focused on it, because I feel like I’m missing something.
Well, let’s do this. I’ll start off with what I didn’t like and we’ll go from there.
Claire was loony. As in batshit crazy. At the start of the book she is a fifteen year old girl who sees and hears wolves at the edges of her town; she believes wolves are attracted to cherry, cherry lip-gloss, cherry vodka, etc. She believes all the stories her friend Rae tells about the wolves are true. The wolves are an urban legend in the town of Amble, stories made up to keep children out of the cornfields and woods at night. But Claire believes they are 100% real. Apparently no one sees this as a problem. Her family probably doesn’t see the depth of her insanity but her father should (for reasons!) and still he does nothing.
The other problem I had was there is a bit of an open ending. Which I really dislike in books. I know some books are meant to be like “I’ve given you the information; it’s up to you to determine how it ends exactly”. But I don’t like that! I feel like it’s…idk…lazy. You can kind of figure out the resolution but I’d still rather know for sure.
What did I like about the book? The writing. It was beautifully written, I could really feel Claire’s delusions and her helplessness. She can see the wolves when no one else can, she can hear them howling. You believe what she believes and you start to wonder if the wolves are actually real (and maybe they are!)
The author got the small town mentality perfect. The story is told from Claire’s POV and she’s in her own mind a lot so the characters appear in small doses but I liked Grant most of all. He’s so sure of Claire even though it’s obvious she’s nuts. He wants to help her so badly.
I feel like I can’t tell you anything more without spoiling. There are a few twists that I kind of saw coming but still enjoyed. I say if you really enjoy psychological thrillers, you might really enjoy this book.