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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself — and Alex.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA murder mystery story, and I didn’t guess who the killer was.
Nova was an okay character, and she worked hard at her grandfather’s restaurant, but she was also lying to herself a bit when she said that she wasn’t interested in her best friend Alex, as she was totally in love with him!
The storyline in this dragged a bit for me, which put a bit of a dampener on things. I wasn’t able to guess who the killer was, and when the killer was named it was a little bit unusual.
There was a bit of romance in this, but not a lot. I did think that Nova and Alex were cute together though, and it would have been nice if they had been able to be together a bit more.
The ending to this was okay, although again, I found the killer to be a bit of an odd choice.
6 out of 10