ebook, 224 pages
Expected Publication Date: December 16th 2015 by Merit Press
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction
** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
Half in Love with Death was a fast paced, easy to read story about a young girl (15 yrs) who's older sister sneaks out of the house never to be seen again. It tells of her struggles and guilt over the disappearance and her uncontrollable draw to that same sister's boyfriend. At the same time that Caroline was trying to find her sister she was dealing with growing up and the trials and tribulations of being a teenage girl. In essence it was also her journey of self discovery.
I enjoyed the pace of this book and that I was able to finish it in one day but I did find it really predictable. There were no shockers or twists that I didn't see coming. I craved originality that was somewhat lacking in this story. It was easy to see how the entire story was going to play out from the very beginning.
I feel that this book will appeal mostly to the market that it is intended for. Younger readers will probably find more appeal in it than older readers of the YA genre. Partly I feel this way because the naivety of Caroline drove me crazy as a younger reader may not notice it. I understand that the book took place in the 60's and perhaps teens were a little more sheltered but Caroline was beyond naive for a fifteen year old. There were times that I wanted to reach into the book and snap some sense into her.
In the end, it was still an entertaining read that I was able to get lost in for a few hours. As much as it wasn't perfect it was inspired by the 1966 case of Charles Schmid, the Pied Piper of Tucson which stands to reason why the story couldn't go the way I would have liked it to.
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