My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love creepy books, so when I heard about this one I reserved it at the library. As soon as I started, I was hooked.
Stella is seventeen years old, and although she's popular and seems to be like every other teenager in the town of Savage, she isn't. Eleven years ago she was apparently taken into the woods with her friend. While Stella came back, Jeanie didn't.
No one knows what really happened. Not even Stella because she doesn't remember anything about that day. But during the creepy celebration that marks the anniversary--which is really just an excuse for teenagers to party--the body of another little girl is found.
Now Stella is convinced that she has to remember what happened in order to figure out not only what really happened to her friend, but also this new victim.
And so begins the classic tale of whether true evil can come in the form of man or monster... and the truth is truly disturbing.
I really enjoyed this story. Stella's life was marked by a creepy incident when she was very young. She then becomes best friends with Zoey. That means becoming part of the bitchy mean girls group, but Stella isn't really like that. She's just easily led by Zoey, who turns out to be a very annoying character put in her place by circumstance.
I also liked her connection with Sam. The childhood friend she abandoned for Zoey. He's actually the one who ends up helping her the most.
Although I really enjoyed this book and the creepy atmosphere was constant throughout--because Savage is a super creepy town--I felt that the last 20 pages or so could have been cut down into a 5-page epilogue. Or something like that.
In the end, I didn't find it that scary. It turned out to be more of a great YA thriller!