Without giving away any spoilers, let me try and give you an idea of what this book is about. Zara is heartbroken by the sudden heartattack death of her stepfather, and in her misery is sent to her Grandmothers to hopefully recuperate. Unfortunately it turns out the backwoods of Maine is the least safe place she could be sent. The pointing man, he has a need, and until Zara comes to him he'll fulfill it by absconding with local teenage boys who never return. Sounds a bit pedophile like right? That's what I thought.
My main issues with the book is she took an interesting and potential creepy plot line and fluffed it up with a too easy love interest and simplistic discoveries and solutions; lets just say one moment of googling something shouldn't instantly explain what your creepy pointing man is. Nothing ends up seeming risky enough or as dangerous as it ought to. And lets face it, the best love interests are the ones fraught with difficulties and impossibility, make it too easy and it's just your average relationship.
The little preview of Captivate at the end suggests Carrie Jones might have been saving the real story for book two, however. Thus I'm happy to continue reading to find out if she can live up to her hype and pull this story into the land of more formidable writers. As it stands now this book is just one of the many attempts to re-create the Twilight experience. Love interest + Small town + Teenagers + Some type of other beings does not equal automatic literary genius; lets face it I'm not looking for formula in my reading, and I'm guessing neither are you.
Published by Bloomsbury, December 2009
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