Saturday, 7 May 2016

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss
The May Queen Murders
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The May Queen Murders “A bird in a house means death is flyin’ about.”

This was a YA horror/mystery story, about a small community plagued by a spree of murders.

Ivy was an okay character and she clearly cared for her cousin Heather and didn’t want her to get hurt. She was also quite obvious about her feelings for Rook.

The storyline in this was about animals and then girls turning up dead and mutilated, and it being blamed on some madman who lived in the woods. We also got a bit of mystery over who it was that Heather was secretly dating, and we got a bit of romance between Ivy and rook. This story did come across as a little weird though, and I did lose interest at points.

The ending to this was okay, and the mystery of the murderer turned out to be quite complicated.

6 out of 10

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