When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is deadâ€¦and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. It only makes things worse that everyone now treats Abbey like either a freak show or a charity case. Thank goodness for Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels herone that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
Verday's debut novel, the first in a planned trilogy, is well-written, but enigmatic and ultimately unsatisfying. Abbey's best friend Kristen is dead, but Abbey knows it couldn't have been suicide as is rumored. Devastated and lonely, Abbey is sleepwalking through her junior year of high school when she meets Caspian, a mysterious boy who tries to help her deal with her grief. He makes her feel giddy and desired, but she's confused and frustrated by their relationship: he runs hot and cold, and he's secretive, too. After Abbey discovers Kristen's hidden diary, she begins questioning how her closest friend could have kept such important secrets from her. The central mystery here is the circumstances surrounding Kristen's death, but little information is gained and nothing is resolved. Caspian is also ambiguous until the last few pages, and there's little supernatural atmosphere despite the focus on Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (Verday's story is set in the same town). The tale unfolds slowly and doesn't lead to a climax, but rather to more questions, which remain left unanswered at the abrupt ending, presumably left to later books. Ages 12 up.
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Favorite book ever idc
I read this series a year ago, and it was terrible. So terrible, in fact, that it caught in my mind (becoming a special source of irritation earlier this week, when it started nagging at me as I struggled to remember the name of the books) and probably impacted my life in a major way. 😐 So terrible that it was hilarious, but I find myself reaaaaaally wanting to read them again. I'm not sure what it says about me that I'm reminiscent of these books and now want to go through the whole thing again, especially considering that it wasn't until this book was almost over that it actually started going somewhere. Like for the first 300+ pages (possible 400?) it was pointless and kinda dull. I can't even remember how all those pages got filled if there was no plot. But. That third book was crazy. 😂 And the ending was really confusing to explain to someone else. I guess if you get far enough into this, it becomes intruiging in a really, really weird way. As far as writing style, I give Verday a D at best. I've tried to wade through a lot worse.
It was really boring and had not main topic/ plot.i do not recommend this book it was a waste of my money .oh and there was not any romance it. it was just terrible.