Tainted love. Sexy secrets. A chilling revenge plot. It's all here in Wicked Games by Sean Olin, the first in a psychologically charged, suspenseful series set in a picturesque coastal Florida town called Dream Point, where dangerous mind games are played with abandon.
Lilah has spent the last four years by her boyfriend Carter's side, and everyone thinks their relationship is rock solid. But behind closed doors, things are beginning to crumble. Just as Lilah's intensifying mood swings are making Carter think about distancing himself from her, another girl enters the picture. Jules is beautiful, funny, smart, and artistic. Carter can't help but fall under her spell. But one stolen night of passion has consequences they could never imagine.
Fans of books packed with drama and doomed romance, like The Lying Game and Perfect Chemistry, will immediately be hooked by Wicked Games.
First in a planned series, Olin's (Brother/Sister) novel opens like an episode of Dawson's Creek and morphs into a lurid expos of breakup violence. Carter and Lilah are voted "class couple" during their senior year of high school in the sleepy beach town of Dream Point. But their relationship isn't what it seems Lilah is mentally unstable, and they argue constantly. They've planned to attend the University of Pennsylvania together in the fall, but Lilah hides her rejection letter from Carter, and her anger, insecurity, and codependence eventually become unbearable for him. After a dramatic fight, Carter falls for an artsy, easygoing beauty named Jules and dumps Lilah, which sends her into a rampage. Amid Lilah's over-the-top terrorizing of Carter and Jules, Olin explores the insidiousness of jealousy, as well as the liberation of finding release from a toxic relationship. However, the omniscient narration leaves little of the characters' feelings and motivations concealed, resulting in storytelling that lacks subtlety and often tilts toward clich . An intriguing but unexceptional thriller. Ages 14 up.