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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[REVIEW] The Sham by Ellen Allen

The Sham

Author: Ellen Allen
Genre: YA Thriller
Published: September 7th 2014 by BookBaby
Source: Author
Purchase from: Amazon

When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…

Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.

Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.



My Thoughts

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Author's Note: This book is unsuitable for younger teenage readers. It depicts adult situations, murder scenes, conversations about sex, and profanity.

I have mixed emotions about The Sham. It lived up to my expectations of being gory and violent, but there were a lot of things I didn't get. I liked it okay, but I can't say I'm a fan.

For starters, this book isn't for the faint-hearted. There were gruesome scenes and I often found myself grossed out by the stuffs mentioned in this book. But for some reason, I couldn't look away. The story was riveting. What I liked about The Sham is that it kept me constantly guessing and slightly freaked out up until the end.

I liked thriller stories with serial killings involved so it's not a surprise that I dig The Sham. With a promising and intriguing blurb, I dived into this book expecting gore and morbid and wasn't disappointed. The Sham will play mind games with you and when you think you have it all figured out, the author will toss in something that will throw you off track. The twists and revelations were really good and the truth about the girls' deaths totally surprised me.

But as I've said, there were things that confused me. Jack, for one. His character is a big puzzle all throughout the book. There were gray areas and loop holes, and I wished Jack's history was explored more. I also didn't like that there were screaming even when I felt they weren't necessary. There were times when the scenes felt awkward and the flow of the story was bumpy, but those instances were actually rare so I didn't mind them that much. One thing that confused me big time was the first 'Now' chapter. I couldn't connect that part to the rest of the book and I didn't know where that scene fit in the story. The ending was okay, though I did not agree with Emily's decision to leave town with Jack. I think they should have sought help for Jack's problems for them to have a real future together.

Aside from these minor issues mentioned above, The Sham is actually a good read. If you're looking for disturbing and creepy YA thrillers, I highly recommend this book! ^__^


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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