Waiting On Wednesday (99)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Broken Things
Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins, October 2018
Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

From the publisher—

With all the intensity and whiplash turns of Sharp Objects and One of Us Is Lying, this engrossing psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale of exquisite obsession, spoiled innocence, and impossible friendships.

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I’m fond of young adult crime fiction largely because their youth lends it a freshness that the genre needs from time to time. I’m also intrigued by the indications that there are a lot of triggers in this story and I want to see how this author handles them. Because of those triggers, this most likely will not be the right book for a lot of readers and, quite honestly, it might not be a good fit for me either. I have enjoyed Ms. Oliver’s work before so I have to give this a try…plus I’m really interested in why she, and her publisher, have chosen to take this story in an apparently graphic and disturbing direction. It’s a good thing I like to have my applecart upset now and then 😉