Book Review: Hushed by Kelley York

Published April 23, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis: He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

The Cover: Love the eyes downcast. Love the blood on the cheek.

The First Line: “‘I feel that suicide notes lose their zing when they drag on too long.’ Archer emphasized the statement with a tap of his foot.” If you don’t get the idea that this is a dark novel by the opening, you probably never will.

The Good: Who would’ve thought that I would sympathize with a serial killer? Seriously? I loved Archer. I wanted to smack Vivian for treating him like she did.

The complexity of the characters is really what drives this story. Nothing is as cut and dry as Archer believes it is. The romance between Archer and Evan is sweet. I found myself rooting for them the entire way.

The Bad: Not much. I wish there would’ve been more from Evan.

Recommendation: If you can stomach it, buy it. Read it. And read it again.


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