Friday, October 16, 2015

13 Posts Of Halloween 2015 #5: Review: The Detour by S. A. Bodeen

 13 Posts Of Halloween will be taking place all month here at The Story Goes... with 13 Halloween related posts!

23310734The Detour
by S. A. Bodeen
Release date: Oct. 6, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA, Horror/Suspense
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On her way to a writer’s conference, a bestselling teenage author takes a detour that has been deliberately set up by her biggest fans—a mother and daughter who kidnap her.
Livvy Flynn is a big deal—she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself.
When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socializing with the other industry people at the conference. 
And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go. 
*I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly*

My Rating:


Hmm, so this book was...interesting. I have complicated feelings about it. On the one hand I couldn't put it down, it was super fast paced and well written. I flew through it and was never bored. It was definitely a little creepy and had a slight mystery but... I wanted more from it.

Olivia was a very interesting character. I hated her at first but I have to give the author props for creating such a unique and complex character. She's kind of a spoiled bitch at first and then you get all this history on her about why she is the way she is, and I didn't buy it at first but by the end of the book is just really understood this character. That, I loved.

While on the way to a writers retreat Olivia, a best-selling teen author, flips her car. She dislocates her shoulder and is stuck. Along comes Flute Girl, a girl playing a flute. That's the last thing she sees before she passes out. Waking up in a strange room Olivia doesn't know whats going on. There's a woman there telling her she called the 911 but it could be a while. As time slowly passes, Livvy begins to realize that no one is coming and she's been locked in a basement. Dun, dun, dun.

So we have this mystery, who is this woman and her daughter? Why did they take Livvy and what's the woman mean when she says that Olivia has to take responsibility for what she did? I loved the premise, I loved the mystery. I loved that at parts I was genuinely worried for Olivia's life and safety. Some of the backstory on Livvy seemed unnecessary but made sense further in and the author never wasted time. It was fast, fast, fast.

My problem? I wasn't satisfied with the ending and the explanations. I wanted the creep factor to be uped. I wanted to the ending to drag out a little more. It's just by the end of the book I wasn't really sure what was accomplished. There was a thing with this guy Livvy's been talking with on the Internet (Rory) and that felt very...unfinished. I loved the explanations but also, I just wanted a little more oomph from this one.

Overall: A good, solid read. I definitely recommend it if you want something a little bit creepy that's fast paced.

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