Review: Forever Blue by Abby Wilder

Forever Blue
Abby Wilder
Publication date: June 17th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

I never thought it would end like this.

I never thought it would end at all.

But not all stories get a happy ending.

When Lennon Donnelly moves back to the quiet town of Puruwai, she never dreams that a chance meeting with a boy sitting at the cemetery will change her life. Her best friend warns her about Judah Mitchell. There are rumours that he killed his brother. But as Lennon is drawn deeper into the mysterious boy’s life, the events of his past unravel until she finds herself driving over the edge of a cliff and into the depths of the lake below.

Spanning over two years and starting at the end, this compelling novel tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah, and Cara. Told from the different perspectives of before and after, the story unfolds like a puzzle and reveals secrets that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

“Devourable” – YA Books Central

“An unforgettable experience” – Readers’ Favorite

This story contains mild use of strong language and references to underage drinking and smoking.

Goodreads / Amazon

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

Review:

In Forever Blue, Abby Wilder slowly reveals the dramatic pasts of her lead characters and weaves an interconnection for them in the present day.

The families of the main characters, Lennon, Sienna, Cara, Rueben, and Judah are rather dysfunctional. Divorce, affairs, absentee parents, unrealistic expectations and demands make these teens turn to one another instead of to their families for answers. The typical bad teen choices lead not only to fatalities but to rumors, loss of friendship, and a buried truth.

I did not find the characters compelling, however, the haunting, supernatural story kept me engrossed in reading. Ms. Wilder’s use of symbolism is intriguing. Her questionable narrator leaves many questions unanswered until the end, which adds a great deal of suspense. When some questions are answered, the story becomes quite eerie, and the unexpected ending left me with chills.

Forever Blue is a melancholy tale that will haunt your thoughts long after you read the last word.

 

Author Bio:

Abby Wilder is an author from the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.

She loves stories in all forms; film, photography, music, but it’s the simplicity of written words that she loves the most . . . well, written words and binge watching television series.

Abby has one husband, two children, three cats and a dog called Joss.

For more information visit http://www.abbywilder.com

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