Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: December 18th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
It's the era of peace and love in the 1960s, but nothing is peaceful in Caroline's life. Since her beautiful older sister disappeared, fifteen-year-old Caroline might as well have disappeared too. She's invisible to her parents, who can't stop blaming each other. The police keep following up on leads even Caroline knows are foolish. The only one who seems to care about her is Tony, her sister's older boyfriend, who soothes Caroline's desperate heart every time he turns his magical blue eyes on her.
Tony is convinced that the answer to Jess's disappearance is in California, the land of endless summer, among the runaways and flower children. Come with me, Tony says to Caroline, and we'll find her together. Tony is so loving, and all he cares about is bringing Jess home. And so Caroline follows, and closes a door behind her that may never open again.
Inspired by the disturbing case of Charles Schmid, ‘the Pied Piper of Tucson’, Half in Love with Death is a heartfelt thriller that never lets up.
I remember that after I finished this book, I kind of had mixed feelings about it, especially because towards the end things went completely in a different direction than the one I was expecting. And I didn't knew what to feel. But now, that some weeks have passed, I think that I'm more detached and I can be more objective.
I enjoyed the book, most of it and for me it was more like a contemporary with a mystery element, more than a mystery as a whole. Because the sisster's disappearance is not very central and even though at some point is the main focus, as time and chapters pass things change, this is slowly moving into the background. This is not a bad thing but for me, who I was expecting something more powerful and dark, was a bit of a let down. Especially the ending.
But I won't speak about it, because I will spoil the fun for you. You have to read the book and then we can discuss it. But I can tell you that I liked the writing style and that the book was very easy to read, very fast paced and light. Also, I liked the character, even though there were some parts that were not so credible too me, or it was because they are younger than me and maybe my way of thinking has changed. So I can't fully understand them.
I think that this book is good if you want something very easy, fast and light to read, but also with a bit of mystery to keep you glued to the pages. But if you're searching for a strong mystery and action packed and with a mind - blowing ending, then I think you should skip this. Or you'll be shocked by the ending just because what happens is not what you expect or what you really want to know.
So, for me it was fun, it was the right book at the right moment and for a few hours I had fun, because I tried to hard to guess how is going to end. I didn't guess. Maybe you will. Or not.
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Emily Ross's YA mystery/thriller HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH is forthcoming from Merit Press(12/2015). She received a 2014 MCC Artist Fellowship finalist award for fiction, and is a graduate of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program. When not writing she works as a web developer and is the mother of two millennials. Find out more at http://www.emilyrosswrites.com/ or https://twitter.com/emilyross816.