“Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps’s diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He’s almost like a stranger now. I can’t figure it out…or why I’m having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn’t be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I’ve ever known about myself — and Alex.”
The writing was fine but the plot was sub-par..
One of the things that bothered me the most, were the characters. They were all irrationally moody. Seriously, I wanted to strangle every single one of them. I had to set the book down quite a few times because it was just so irritating. It was so obvious, that at one point, I thought maybe it’d turn out that the whole town was being poisoned by foxglove, but nope.
Before I’d read a hundred pages, I knew how it was going to end. So the end didn’t shock me at all. I don’t know how to elaborate on it, but it was all entirely too boring and obvious.
Also, This book is called The Foxglove Killings, which I get, because the victims all had foxglove in their mouths…..but we never got an answer as to whyyy there was foxglove in their mouths. I mean, clearly it was because the killer put it there…but we never learned what the significance behind the foxglove was. So, there’s this thing (foxglove) that’s apparently so plot centric that the novel is titled after it…but we don’t know why? Killers only stage victims to send a message, they do it for a purpose (perhaps a twisted purpose that only makes sense to them, but a reason nonetheless.) So what was supposed to be the message? We never know what the purpose behind it all. We get a vague reason…. But not really.
Another thing, is that this book clearly takes place in the present day….but half the teenagers don’t have cell phones… and it seemed like the only reason they didn’t have them, was because the plot wouldn’t have worked right if the characters did have them.
Also, I’m really curious, GR says there is 320 pages in the book, but my ARC has 425 pages…is it formatting? or was stuff cut? Is the font size different? I don’t know.
Either way, I wouldn’t recommend this book. The pay-off wasn’t worth dealing with the rest of it. I had really high hopes, and none of it panned out. L
Pick up The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting or The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson. The Body Finder has a cute best friend turned boyfriend element to the murder, and Alane Ferguson’s Angel of Death series is absolutely chilling.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinion or review of this book in any way.