Author: Steven James
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Format: eARC (368 pages)
Source: eARC via NetGalley
Genre: YA Mystery
Rating: 4 STARS
Amazon: Available For Pre-Order
The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams. Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
This story starts off with Daniel, all the school kids and every member of the community, at the funeral of Emily Jackson. She was the over-looked, unpopular freshman of her high school. Her death was ruled as an accident, but when Daniel reaches his turn to view her body and she grasps at him and tells him a name he’s all to familiar with, he begins to think that it was no accident. At first, he thinks that he’s going crazy. But when he has the proof that Emily Jackson really did speak to him, marks on his forearms, he doesn’t think he’s crazy after all, and sets out to solve what really happened.
I enjoyed this mystery because I never knew what would happen as the pages turned. I was a little unsure about it at first, but after Daniel starts to uncover things, and piece together the Blurs that he experiences, I got into it.
I didn’t like the fact that while he’s waiting to view her body, he’s recalling every detail about Emily. He said that she wasn’t pretty, yet he’d date her. You don’t wait until someone’s dead to think about the What-ifs. This is YA, and I think that there needs to be a line drawn on the pretty/ugly teens in these books. We have models in magazines already making teens self conscious, no need to add it here.
Daniel did, however, know that he was wrong in his lack of communication with her. I loved the mystery of it all. I kept wanting to go to the end just to find out what happens. This is a great start to this trilogy and I’m looking forward to reading the next book. Definitely recommend!