Book Review: Heartless, Leah Rhyne (2016)

Monday, May 9th, 2016

I enjoyed the dark humor, but the plot could use some work.

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

Me? I made a series of choices that tangled me up with some of the ugliest sort of people I could have imagined. I got my best friend, my boyfriend, even my parents involved. It’s been a disaster, and though the end has come for me, it hasn’t for everyone else. These bad guys won’t stop. No. They have big plans, regardless of the outcome of my little story. So that’s why I need to share it with you. Maybe if you listen, if you hear, you can help stop them.

Nineteen-year-old Jolene Hall attends (the fictional) Smytheville College, “a pricey and prestigious liberal arts school in the mountains of New Hampshire.” Her parents are loaded enough that she’s got her own private suite, though she does have to share a bathroom with her neighbor (and best friend) Lucy, an exuberant, 6′ tall redhead. She’s got a pre-med boyfriend named Eli and is rocking it in English class.

All in all, life’s pretty good. That is, until the fateful February night when she storms out of Eli’s apartment after a nasty fight – only to wake up, naked and disfigured, in a morgue. A rustic mountaintop morgue that is suspiciously rife with the corpses of attractive, college-aged women.

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