Monday, 10 February 2014

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair #1) by Sharon Jones

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
People think of Mother Nature as a gentle lady. They forget that she's also Death...Sixteen-year-old Poppy Sinclair believes in quantum particles, not tarot cards, in Dawkins, not druids. Last summer, in a boating accident in the Lake District, Poppy had a brush with death. But the girl she finds face down in Scariswater hasn't been so lucky. As she fights to discover the truth behind what she believes is murder, Poppy is forced to concede that people and things are not always what they seem and, slipping ever deeper into a web of lies, jealousy and heart-stopping danger, she comes to realise - too late - that the one thing that can save her has been right there, all the time.

Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)(Source: I won a copy of this book. Thanks to author Sharon Jones.)
16-year-old Poppy is at a Pagan festival to see her mother marry her new stepfather in a pagan traditional ceremony. Whilst having a paddle in the lake she discovers a dead body though, and while everyone else seems happy to label Beth’s death an accident, Poppy is sure that she was murdered.
What happened to Beth? What happened to her girlfriend? And is Poppy putting herself in danger investigating Beth’s death when everyone else has turned their backs?

This was an interesting murder/mystery story, although the pace did lag a bit in the middle.

Poppy was an interesting character, she did seem to have a bit of a ‘Violet Ambrose’ streak at times though, when she did things that maybe put herself at risk a bit!

The storyline in this was pretty good, although I didn’t think the mystery was quite as mysterious as it could be. There seemed to be a lot of other stuff going on, and Poppy seemed to be the only one even interested in why Beth died, never mind anyone else. I did find that the pace lagged a bit from the mid-point to the end, which was a shame as the book started off really well.

There was some romance in this one, and we did end up with a bit of a love triangle, or even a square! This was a pretty typical ‘I’m in love with my best friend’ sort of love triangle though, and we were of course left waiting to see if it would remain unrequited. There was also a bit of an awkward scene where Poppy had a talk with her mother about sex – rather her than me!

The ending was okay, but again, I didn’t find the second half of the book as good as the beginning. I didn’t really guess the killer, but that was because it turned out to be a bit of an odd one! Not really sure where Poppy will go from here, but will find out soon!
Overall; a good YA murder/mystery,
7 out of 10.

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