Author: Jools Sinclair
Published: March 10th 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death.
But she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.
Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him.
But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters. The truth.
In the tradition of Amanda Hocking, 44 is a thrilling paranormal romance mystery novel that keeps readers at the edge of their seats and glued to the very end. The ending will haunt you forever.
My take: When I was offered the spot to read and review this book, I readily took it when I saw the description. I myself have been saved, so that alone spoke to me.
Abby is a phenomenal character and she’s written to a tee description wise. When an author can pull that off, they’ve done something right…and Jools definitely did. The way Abby’s recovery is described, not by simply always saying “she went to therapy, she went to the doctor” was fantastic. There’s the relationship between each of the two doctors within the story, and it’s beyond a doubt a way to see that not all therapists and doctors are bad people. There is a twist though, so be prepared. I’ve warned you.
There’s also Abby’s sister Kate. At times she seems so angry, and I feel like she has every right to be in this book. She’s also one of Abby’s biggest supports in recovery, which thought mostly due to the fact she’s her sister, is also because she’s seemingly one of her only friends.
With Jesse it was always so different. Throughout the story there are hints of what’s lurking at the end of the story, and if I say too much, I’ll give it away. Jesse is well written too, and to have that sort of off the wall character that you just can’t help but hold a love/hate relationship with was amazing.
There were definitely times throughout reading that I was very suspicious of one particular character, and to find out it was that character all along was fun for me. I couldn’t help but high five myself that I’d figured at least one of the puzzle pieces out! The other puzzle piece that was the shocker at the end though…I am still amazed I didn’t completely get that one!
I gave 44 a 4 bird rating because I was kept interested the entire time I read it. The way the words warped into my mind was great. I’d love to see more from this author, and will probably get to it as soon as I can.
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