Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for GONE TOO FAR! Today I have my review of the book to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Gone Too Far is the fast paced and gripping young adult mystery/thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. The story follows our main character - Piper Woods - as she muddles through her senior year of high school, eagerly awaiting graduation and heading off to college as a photography major. One day Piper is late for class and ends up almost falling on her face after slipping on a notebook that was sitting on the stairs outside the school. Later, when Piper rediscovers the notebook in her bag, she becomes curious and looks inside. What she finds is chilling - pictures of students with their eyes cut out and a day-by-day list of sins that classmates have done. Piper convinces herself it's some sort of prank, until Stella - a popular girl in her class - dies after a dirty sex video goes viral on the Internet. Her death is ruled a suicide, but Piper isn't so sure - she had seen Stella's name in the notebook and thinks that whoever owns the book is taking things to a whole new level of punishment. Piper is caught between turning in the notebook and revealing all the secrets she now knows or keeping her mouth shut and pretending like nothing's wrong. The night that Piper gets a text daring her to make thing right only confirms her fears about the notebook and the person behind it all. But what should she do?
One of my favorite genres is thrillers and usually ones in the YA category don't stack up to my hopes or expectations. I'm glad to say that this book exceeded any hopes I may have had - and then some. I have read another book by this author and really enjoyed it, so I was hoping that this novel would be at least just as good. Only it was better! The author creates such a twisted web of lies and deceit in the book that I was easily caught up in it all from the beginning paragraphs. As I've mentioned in other reviews of thrillers and mysteries; I love to figure out the person behind everything and what's really happening before the characters do. I couldn't do that with this book. I would have a great theory building in my mind and then - BAM - a huge twist in the plot would knock me back to square one (and leave me completely dumbfounded at times). There were tons of twists and turns through the entire story - it definitely kept me on my toes and guessing up until the end, when all is revealed. The author did a fantastic job creating distinct characters for the book - especially Piper, who is easy to identify with right from the beginning. I found her to be smart, honest, kind, and determined to do well in school so she can start her "real life" at college studying photography. Since the book is told from Piper's point of view, we get an inside look at what she's thinking, feeling, fearing - every emotion and thought - during the entire story. I love this type of writing style because it makes bonding with the main character really easy for the reader and lets you escape into their world quickly. The plot was genuinely original, with a quick pace and a gripping narrative that made me read as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next. It's one of those books where once you start reading, you can't stop until you've finished it. The writing was compelling and drew me in almost immediately with the descriptions and details of everything from the setting to the characters. This is definitely one author I'm going to keep my eye on and will without a doubt read whatever she comes out with next. In my opinion, this author is one of the best in the genre right now and fans of YA mysteries and thrillers seriously need to read this book - as well as her other ones - you won't be disappointed.
At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you'll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.
Giveaway:Win (1) finished copy of Gone Too Far, a copy of Six Months Later and some swag (US Only)