Monday, May 21, 2018

REVIEW: Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong - Jenny

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Title: Aftermath
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Thriller
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Crown Books
Publication: May 22nd 2018
Cover Rating: 5/5
Reading format: Netgalley eARC

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong is the story of a high school shooting. The main characters brothers both died in the shooting. One was a “victim” and the other was a “shooter”. Most stories focus on the shooting itself or the effects after. This books main focus is revenge which makes this story different than any other school shooting book I have ever read.

Skye is the sister of a school shooter. Her brother, Luka, and 2 of his friends shot up his high school. Luka was killed by police when he was exiting a bathroom. The shooting left Skye and her family very harassed so Skye went to live with her grandmother. The harassment followed her where ever she went. Then her grandmother had a stroke and she had to move back to her hometown to live with her aunt. That means going to school with the kids her brother's shooting had an impact on. That means living in the same town as Jesse, her old best friend whose brother just happens to have been a victim of the shooting.

Jesse was a good kid. A smart kid. After the shooting, he kind of veered off the path and because someone he didn’t want to be. He became his brother. The same brother that was killed in the shooting. The same brother who wasn’t as great as everyone seems to think he was. Jesse didn’t just lose his brother in that shooting. He lost his best friend, Skye, too. In the span of a day, his entire life changed. So, of course, he would grow up to be a different person, right? But when Skye suddenly reappears in his life, he has some choices to make.

Now that Skye is back, she is being harassed more than ever. People are telling her she needs to leave the school and that she deserves to die. But someone takes this harassment to a whole new level. They start stalking Skye. Locking her in rooms, setting things on fire and leaving things in her locker. Someone really wants Skye dead. But who? In a school full of people who hate her, finding out the answer might be harder than anything she’s ever dealt with. Luckily, her ex-best friend is there to help her. Or maybe he is a suspect, too.

This book was utterly fantastic. I loved the thriller element placed inside an already tragic event. The mystery plot is very well thought out. I was highly confused at the end when the bad guy turned out to be a different person but still along the same lines. And the reasoning behind wanting Skye dead? MIND BLOWN.

In the end, I am so glad Kelley Armstrong wrote this book. She has such an amazing talent for writing thrillers. I have read every book she has ever written, including her adult novels, and her writing always keeps me drawn in. The book she published right before this one, Missing, was the first EVER thriller book to completely freak me out to the point where I kept hearing noises outside my window while reading it. If you have not read Kelley Armstrong I highly suggest you rectify that situation. 

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.


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