Lula Bird is gorgeous, funny and dreading her birthday because you can’t turn 16 if you’ve never been kissed…
So why does every boy in Hambledon run a mile the second she bats her eyelashes? The fact is, they fear for their lives. Rumour has it Lula’s been jinxed!
And it’s not as if that’s her only problem: Lula thinks she has a stalker, her dad keeps sneaking out at night with a lady’s handbag, and a mysterious theft is threatening to bring the town to its knees…
With only 5 days to go till her birthday, can Lula get the guy, solve the crime and jilt the jinx for good?
Although not initially my type of book, I surprisingly enjoyed the drama and mystery surrounding Lula and her family and peers. I found it humorous the amount of drama created by Lula not being kissed by the age of 16 (does this mean I’m jinxed?!?!) but the accompanying side story lines gave this book an added depth which I wasn’t expecting from a romance, chick lit genre of book. I have had very bad experiences with similar books to this one and found them very two-dimensional. This book was definitely the exception! I would definitely recommend it to teens!
Lily needs someone to confide in more than ever before as a spate of apparent suicides rocks her school – and her group of mates.
Benedict, her new online friend, is there for her. Lily finds herself opening up to him, telling him things she wouldn’t tell anybody else.
But who is Benedict really…?
Web of Darkness is a thrilling story about internet safety and whether or not you know who you’re talking to online. Lily believes her new online friend who says he’s from New York is a model because of his pictures posted on Facebook, however Benedict proves how easy it is to fake his identity by pretending to be Charlotte for another of Lily’s friend who then is driven to commit ‘suicide’. All of the suicides are later shown to be cleverly disguised murders.
This is a cleverly put together plot line which seems confusing to begin with however once all of the jigsaw pieces begin to stitch together it comes together for the big reveal right at the end of the book. I couldn’t fault it!
When a scrap of paper containing a chilling plea is found in the woods, attached to a lost dog, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery inherits both the dog and the investigation. He has no idea who he is searching for, but it’s a race against time. Ten miles away a family is being held hostage, fighting for their lives in their isolated hilltop house. This is no random crime. They endured a nightmare years before, and that same horror has returned… will Caffery make the connection, before it is too late?
Overview *Contains Spoilers*
It took me a long time to finish this book, not because I found it boring, it was a little slow in places, the main reason was it was quite a heavy book in terms of the language used and the slightly disturbing plot line. Hayder enjoys going into gruesome details of the murders but this helps to bring the story alive.
At first it seems like all of the loose ends of the plot aren’t going to be resolved and tied together in time for the end of the book, however they are resolved quickly and succinctly within a few chapters towards the end of the book. Hayder doesn’t stop surprising you with plot twists until the very end which is one reason why I loved this book so much. You want to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen to the characters and see if any plot twists occur. This is one book which will make you continue to think about the characters long after you’ve finished it.
I would recommend this book to older readers as opposed to young adults as the topic matter could be upsetting and distressing to younger readers. However, I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a non-stop action thriller and detective story.