Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review ~ Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors

Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?  Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.

My Review
Whew, give me a minute. I just need to catch my breath. I feel like I just went through Zumba and haven't even left my chair. What an adrenaline rush. Darynda Jones has done it again ladies and gentlemen. I mean, did we really think she wouldn't? No, no we didn't.

 The characters are very well written. Each have a distinct personality which gives them a "real" feel, and makes their dynamic work really well. I am completely enchanted with Cameron and Jared. I love their hate/hate relationship. Don't worry, there is no love triangle here. I found myself laughing several times at the witty dialogue that Darynda has beautifully written.

Action packed and loaded with mystery and tension. Secrets? Well, we have those too. Just who has skeletons in their closet? This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. And true to her style, Mrs. Jones delivers a major twist within the last few pages. If you like dark YA, that is phenomenal, then you will love this book!

I received this book for review from NetGalley.


Pre-order now! Hits Shelves October 2, 2012 Death and the Girl Next Door

Check out Darynda's other books. The Charley Davidson series. You will fall in love with it too! Visit her website



  1. I've never read a Darynda Jones book but I thin I should remedy that right away. I could really use a funny, fast-paced book about now!
    Thanks for linking up your review to Hot off the Presses!

    1. Thanks Jen! I love Darynda. She really is a phenomenal writer and a stellar person. Can you tell I have a bit of a girl crush? LOL


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