He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
I can't begin to tell you how refreshing it is to read a YA story with a gay main character. I have a house full to bursting with books, and not a single YA or middle school one has a gay main character. The way Evan and Archers romance unfolds in the story is not the slightest bit sensational, nor does it detract from the slow build of tension in the plot of this thriller.
My only quibble with the story was how easily Evan accepts that Archer is essentially a serial killer. No matter how lovely their first real romance, I doubt many eighteen year olds would stick around with someone they found out had killed multiple people, even if it was for a (theoretically) good reason.
Other than that the story had a good premise, a solid build of tension and an excellent thriller plot. Throw in the refreshing romance and Hushed was solid debut for author Kelley York.
Hushed, by Kelley York
Published by Entangled Publishing, December 2011
My copy kindly provided by Entangled Publishing