“Statistically speaking, girls like me don’t come back when guys like Donald Jessup take us.”
Julia knows she beat the odds. She escaped the kidnapper who hunted her in the woods for two terrifying nights that she can’t fully remember. Now it’s one year later, and a dead girl turns up in those same woods. The terrible memories resurface, leaving Julia in a stupor at awkward moments-in front of gorgeous Kellan MacDougall, for example.
At least Julia’s not alone. Her best friend, Liv, was in the woods, too. When Julia got caught, Liv ran away. Is Liv’s guilt over leaving Julia the reason she’s starving herself? Is hooking up with Shane Cuthbert, an addict with an explosive temper, Liv’s way of punishing herself for not having Julia’s back? As the devastating truth about Liv becomes clear, Julia realizes the one person she thinks she knows best-Liv-is the person she knows least of all. And that after the woods was just the beginning.
This was one of my most anticipated YA book of 2016 and it completely messed with my mind. I enjoyed reading from Julia’s point of view and most of the story involved with Julia dealing with the aftermath of the Shiverton Abduction and also about Julia’s friendship with Liv. Julia’s and Liv’s relationship felt so complicated as I kept on reading Julia’s story.
The ending also felt a little confusing, which made me kept on thinking about the story even after I finished it.
Rating: 4 stars