Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nora Grey is a sophomore who lives with her mother in a large farmhouse of the coast of Maine; the kind of setting where lots of fog from the ocean seems to settle making for the perfect eerie setting.
Nora lost her father to a random murder a year earlier and her mom has to travel for work, often gone for days at a time. Nora's home life is good despite recent events; her mom is warm and caring, working out of town only to keep them afloat so they can keep the farmhouse, the one thing that Nora holds dear for all of its memories of her father. Her best friend, Vee, is comical yet a bit self-centered. Nora is an exceptional student and overall a generally good person, someone I think most can relate to. She has a good sense of right and wrong yet isn't perfect.
Things start to get suspenseful and scary when she gets partnered up in biology with Patch, a mysterious bad boy who enrolled this year as a senior. He's cocky, way too comfortable in his own skin and of course, gorgeous. Patch comes on to Nora in way that is borderline threatening he knows way to much about her, private things like her love of writing poetry which is a secret indulgence. Obviously, Nora finds that disturbing and frightening especially in light of upcoming events. As with any good story, mysterious new people start to enter Nora's life, all seemingly friendly but there seem to be some underlying hidden agendas. There is a new school psychologist, Miss Greene, a lovely blonde who seems more concerned with her relationship with Patch than anything else. Then, there are the two boys from Kinghorn Prep that she and Vee meet while getting coffee before school, Elliot and Jules and what a coinkydink, Elliot just lost his scholarship and is starting public school with Nora and Vee the very next day. Jules, who appears sullen and anti-social to Nora, still attends Kinghorn, is incredibly wealthy with absentee parents who are off in a foreign country on `extended' business.
Nora is convinced she is being followed and there are times when she feels like someone is watching her. When scary and bizarre things start happening to Nora it seems to be all in her mind i.e. a ski masked stranger dashes into the road, causes Nora to stop, stranger trashes the car she's driving but when she tries to show it to someone, the car is undamaged; similar things happen and Nora is convinced she's losing her mind. But when a violent act is committed against one of her friends wearing Nora's coat while they're being followed she knows it's really happening, just not by who or why. Nora doesn't know who to trust anymore and despite her fears she takes to sleuthing and finds out some interesting information about the new people in her life and what she does with that information may put her and those she cares about in more danger. Nora finds herself in situations that could prove to be incredibly dangerous with certain people. Will she trust the right ones or will she let her fears get the best of her and put her in the path of those who wish her harm?
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