Author: Sarah Jude
Published Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Young Adults
**Thank you Netgalley for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way can affect my opinion on the book and its content.
Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
“Everybody knows if you go in those woods, there’s a chance you ain’t coming out.”
And everybody should know if they go ahead and read this book, there’s a chance they ain’t coming out either…
There are two kinds of good reads, one that makes you anticipate for what will happen next, and the other makes you want to revisit the past pages again. The May Queen Murders is the latter.
First, let’s talk about the writing, because I can’t think of any words other than exquisite and intricate to describe Sarah Jude’s talent. The book was built on a splendid structure of beautiful words and alluring details. The author is an amazing job on weaving this book, creating a vivid and profound setting of a small town where exotic things happen….and disappear.
Hah, did I scare you on that one? But truth to be told, this book is awesome! The May Queen Murders screams mystery in the most stunning “voice”. It was a ride full of thrills and tingles at the back of your neck, and I was at the edge of my toes reading it. Personally, I think the secrets and mysteries were very well executed, and the twist is spin-chilling fabulous. And yes, I did say “mysteries“, so stay tune for a lot of surprises that this book gonna throw at you. 😉
“All secrets you keep are someone else’s lies.”
I really like the protagonist Ivy. There is something about her thoughts and the way she views the world that pulls me in immensely. Her devotions to those she loves are beautifully depicted, especially with Rook, her childhood crush, and Heather, her cousin, who plays a big role in her life and the book itself. It was such a splendid pleasure reading Ivy’s interactions toward others.
“In nature, ivy and heather never grew together. They couldn’t because ivy liked shade, whereas heather required sun. They did better apart because, side by side, one withered.”
Overall, The May Queen Murders was gripping and enticing read. The book is beautifully eerie, with such a refreshing diversity that can found throughout the pages. I had a great time reading it, and would totally recommend it for people who are looking for a book filled with second-guess mysteries and otherworldly secrets.
Have a nice bookish day!