Title: Death and the Girl Next Door
By: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.
High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?
Absolutely loved this first installment of this series. I couldn't put this book down. From the characters, the detailed descriptions and how much the story line drew me in, it took me all of two days to finish this. You get into this story and you honestly don't want to put it down because you want to find out what's next, why is this happening, tell me some answers, lol. It gets to where you're literally staying up until two in the morning just so you get to finally read the information about the characters background and what they're all about. I think that might have been the only thing I would have changed from this, to get all the information without having to wait a bit, but I guess it wouldn't be as intriguing if the story just came right out and told us exactly what was going on, this is what made me want more.
I'm anxiously waiting for part two to come out, but seeing how this was an ARC and this book wont be out for another month or so I'll probably be waiting a bit. This was my first time reading anything from Darynda Jones, I'll have to look up her other series because this lady definitely has talent! If you love YA books and are looking for something a bit different that doesn't include a werewolf and vampire you will not be disappointed in this story, I know I wasn't.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Death and the Girl Next Door at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.