Title: The Telling
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 1481418890 (Simon Pulse)
ISBN-13: 978-1481418898 (Simon Pulse)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Lana used to know what was real.
That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.
Then came after.
After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.
Quick & Dirty: Twisted mystery that will keep you intrigued the whole way through! I really enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to thriller/mystery fans!
Opening Sentence: This is what after looks like: me picking my way up to the ridge in my swimsuit; the swollen water of Swisher Spring at the end of summer; girls baking under an orange sun on the boulders; boys cheering for me to jump, even though they’ve been vying for bragging rights all day.
Two months ago Lana’s world was torn apart when her stepbrother Ben was brutally murdered. Filled with grief, Lana shutdown until one day the boy she has been crushing on since preschool finally notices her. Suddenly she becomes a member of the core. The core is the group of popular kids who run the school. Until now, most of them would tease and make fun of Lana but now she finds herself one of them. She is more daring, more fearless and more free but then the unspeakable happens. A body is found in their tiny town and it looks like Ben’s killer may have struck again. Will they be able to catch the killer before they strike again?
Lana was such an interesting character. I loved that we got to see so many sides of her personality. She is a sweet girl dealing with the loss of her stepbrother who was such a huge part of her life. They were very close and his death was such a defining moment for her that she defines her life by before and after his death. The before, Lana was a shy straight A student that got bullied by her peers. The after, Lana is confident, daring and not afraid of what others think. But the reality is that she is really both Lana’s, she just doesn’t know how to balance the two. What I found most interesting was that she wasn’t afraid to think dark thoughts. Everyone, no matter how nice you are has had mean or evil thoughts go through their mind at one point or another. The majority of people never act on those thoughts but that doesn’t mean we don’t have them. I found Lana to be such a realistic character and I really enjoyed reading her story!
The Telling is a twisted and creepy mystery that really kept me interested. To be honest, this usually isn’t my favorite genre to read but I have been in a major reading slump for the last couple of months and this got me out of it. I’m not sure if it was a nice change from what I normally read or if it was just the story itself! I found the characters well rounded and each one played their part so well. There was some romance in the story but it was slightly dark and twisted, which fit the story perfectly. The pacing was a little slow at times and I figured out who the killer was pretty early on, but overall, I thought this was a great thriller. If you are looking for a story with a good mystery that will make you think, you should definitely pick this one up!
Becca crawls toward the edge for a better look. She snatches up Duncan’s skipper hat from where he tossed it and places it on her head. “Blood is soooo gross,” she complains.
Duncan has ahold of his nose and is egg beating in a furious circle. “I think there might be someone else down there,” he says.
My arms slash through the water as I whirl around trying to see under. Josh is asking what the eff over and over. Willa’s soprano tells me to get out of the water, this second. Carolynn’s shouting for Duncan and Josh to go down after Rusty.
Rusty hit’s the surface hacking up a lung, arms flailing, palms slapping hard to the rope ladder hanging from the rocky lip of the spring. The chorus drowned out by his huffing, “There’s a girl…. She’s…at the bottom.”
FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of of The Telling. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.