Saturday, 4 April 2015

Still Photo by Kim Harnes

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kim Harnes.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jess Waterford’s mother is evil. Since she took off seven years ago—just days after Jess’s ninth birthday—without so much as a wave goodbye, Jess has always wondered what happened to her. And despite the end of her mother’s mental and physical abuse, the memories and the scars still remain. Jess conceals the hurt within by practicing her photography, and by spending as much time as her dad will allow with her baseball star boyfriend, Brody Campbell. Determined to make use of her new camera, Jess dives into photographing everything in sight. But periodically the resulting prints are flawed, ever so slightly: a smudge on a tree trunk; a blemish in the bus window. These imperfections are not as random as they may seem, however, and Brody and Jess soon discover together that each of these pictures combine to form another image—the grisly image of a murder scene, with Jess’s mother as the victim. As the new photograph takes shape, Jess’s desire to complete it consumes her, and Brody’s health begins to deteriorate. Torn between her quest to reveal her mother’s killer and her continued worry over Brody’s failing health, Jess finally finds the last piece to the puzzle, and the answer sends her world spiraling into depths from which she may never recover.

Still Photo by Kim Harnes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Still Photo(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kim Harnes.)

“Why does she hate me so much?”

This was a really interesting YA psychological thriller, and I totally didn’t guess what was going on!

I liked Jess and Brody. Poor Jess had had such a rough time of it with her abusive mother, and I felt really sorry for her! Being beaten up regularly could not have been easy for her.

“You ruined my body. My career. If I hadn’t had you, I’d still be modelling right now.”

The storyline in this was really good, and I didn’t guess what was going on. The first half of the story focused on Jess and her photography with some dodgy photos and a mystery to be solved, and then the second half was very different! I didn’t know what was really happening, but boy did I want to find out!

“Blood oozed around both of his hands, down his arms, and dripped off his elbows as he ineffectively attempted to stop the flow. Dark ruby droplets splattered the hallway like some B-rater horror flick.”

There was some romance in this, and I really liked Brody. I felt like Brody and Jess made a really great team, and I was happy that Jess had had someone to support her whilst she suffered with her mother.

“He really did love that girl. She had a fantastic smile. And beautiful eyes.”

The ending to this was surprising, but I liked it. Things might not have ended exactly as I would have expected at the beginning of the story, but it was certainly a different ending!
7.5 out of 10

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