This is my first read by Rue, and after reading My Summer Friend, I am a fan. Rue writes an interesting and raw story, bringing intriguing and facade building characteristics to Ed. He's one of those characters that has a lot of layers to him. He is rebuilding his life, but not necessarily in a good way. He starts on a thrilling path of obsession and lies. It's a great novella that tells an intriguing story. I look forward to reading more by this author.
This is my first book by Rue and it won't be the last. Her writing is raw and gripping. I felt like I was inside Ed's head and boy, let me tell you, it's creepy. But it's also real. Ed talks like we talk. His inner dialogue was so funny that I literally LOL'd a few times. We see Ed's past through flashbacks and begin to realize why he's as messed up as he is. It's actually a sad commentary on how many children and teenagers fall through the cracks and end up unable to lead normal lives as adults. Also, the author has pictures throughout the book! They supplement the story very nicely. Also, the writing is so creative. There's one point where Ed spirals and the emotions he's feeling literally "spiral" on the page. It's pretty cool. The ending is oh-so-shocking and heartbreaking. It drudged up emotions inside that were visceral. I highly recommend this novella. Due to the pictures, if you have a black-and-white Kindle (as I do) I'd recommend reading on the Kindle for iPad app (as I did). Then the pictures and creativity will be given full justice.
I liked this book because it could hit close to home for a few people. to me this book had mystery and thriller and a little suspense as well. Boys can be creepy sometimes but girls can be too. This book kept me reading all the way through. *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*