April 6, 2015

ARC Review: Ask The Dark by Henry Turner

Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Clarion Books
Rating: 3.5 / 5
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I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Blurb:
Billy Zeets has a story to tell.

About being a vandal and petty thief.

About missing boys and an elusive killer.

And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth.

Gripping and powerful, this masterful debut novel comes to vivid life through the unique voice of a hero as unlikely as he is unforgettable.



*I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review*

First Thoughts

I hardly ever read this genre, but I was delightfully surprised with Ask The Dark. I enjoyed how Henry Turner captured the voice and personality of Billy Zeets. I especially liked the way the story was told: Billy Zeets talking into a recorder and telling the story of how he accidentally saved a boy from a serial killer.


What I Enjoyed

Billy Zeets. I know some readers will probably be turned off by the way Billy spoke in the book-- uneducated (scuze, took'm, yar, 'cept). I liked it, though! I think it helped me envision who Billy is and the sort of environment he was brought up in. I also liked that he wasn't really a hero. He would have never found out who the serial killer was if he hadn't been thieving around.

The plot. I'm not going to lie-- there were times I was terrified! That serial killer was a nasty piece of work! My heart would race so fast every time the killer would make an appearance!



Recommended For

This definitely isn't for children. Some of the scenes are graphic and there is a lot of cursing in the book. Those who enjoy a good thriller will probably want to pick this one up.



3.5 asterisks