Title: The Dead List
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Date of Publication: April 25th, 2017
It’s Ella’s senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran’s end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella’s carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.
Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn’t done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn’t the only one being tormented.
With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s a dark pattern hidden in the killer’s every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.
I actually read this when it was free on Wattpad a couple of years ago, and I loved it! I won an early copy of this book, so I thought I would go ahead and give my review properly.
This book was pure awesome, and it reminded me of the awesome slasher movies of the nineties that we don’t seem to have today. There was plenty of creepy factors, but then there were loads of heartfelt moments, especially when it came to Penn. I loved my little Penn!
Ella was an awesome MC, and Jensen was the perfect swoony love interest. My favorite kind of romance is one that has a past together, and these two had grown up together until something pulled them apart.
The killer wears a creepy mask, and that is my favorite type of fictional murder because you can’t see what type of emotion is expressed on the face beneath the mask. I am pretty good at guessing who is the killer in books, and I did guess it here, but it didn’t take away from this being one of my favorite YA horror books that I have read.
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