Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Format: Kindle E-Book
Release Date: September 27. 2016
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this impacted my opinion of this book or the review provided below.
Willow had spent the last four years dealing with the aftermath of her best friend’s imprisonment for murder. In a small town where everyone knows everyone and people never forget, Willow can’t seem to shake her association with her murderous best friend, Ashton. Things only get worse when Ashton heads back to Gilt Hollow after scoring an early release from the juvenile detention center. Indignant about his false imprisonment and hardened by his time behind bars, Ashton will stop at nothing get his revenge and clear his name. As Ashton battles to survive in a town set against him, Willow must decide if Ashton is as innocent as she always claimed him to be, or if she’s finally seeing the true colors of her best friend.
About the Author
A few years ago, Lorie Langdon left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.
When I read the excerpt for Gilt Hollow, I was all about it! PLUS – look at that cover, it just screams BRING ON THE THRILLS! I’m one of those people who love being scared and I adore a good mystery, so my expectations were really high for this. I was totally prepared to lose sleep and binge read this faster than the speed of light! So, you can imagine my disappointment when there was a serious lack of excitement. Yes, there were shocking parts, and yes there was mystery and who-done-it moments, but it was few and far between. I’m all for world, character, and relationship building, and I definitely can get behind a good love story, but that wasn’t what I wanted or expected from this book given the expert and the cover. I wanted shock, excitement, gasps, and the inability to sleep. To sum it up:
What I Expected:
What I Got:
There were a few other minor things that turned me off: acronyms that weren’t explained, and sometimes a character would say something that didn’t really make sense (example: someone tells Willow that they know she was looking for them and she wasn’t, or at least there was no references to her looking for someone until they actually showed up in front of her). Nitpicky things aside, I still really enjoyed the book for a variety of reasons.
Writing Style: Although it is a bit juvenile (no pun intended, I swear), it actually made this a very fast read. The way that this story was written was almost conversational, I felt like I was just hearing someone tell me a story and not reading a novel. The word choices also made me laugh (pukey!), and I enjoyed it!
Lisa: As a character, Lisa is super sassy, blunt, and her personality is seriously perfection. She was relatable, and almost everything that came out of her mouth made me laugh. One of my favorite Lisa moments:
“That was pretty ballsy, yelling after him like that. If he stared me down, all dark and brooding, I probably would’ve run away with my tail between my legs.” She wiggled tawny brows. “Or thrown myself into his arms. Hard to say.”
Harry Potter References: This just speaks for itself. Any author who can sprinkle in legitimate HP references that make sense and work with the writing is a hero. Also, speaking of references, not sure if anyone out there is a Pretty Little Lairs fan, but I was getting some real “A” vibes from this book. Hello, creepy messages, we meet again!
Slow Reveal: Although the mystery wasn’t that intense in this book, I still liked that they didn’t reveal too much of the mystery at the beginning. I like when I get a chance to try to figure it out myself while things are slowly revealed throughout a story.
It depends. I’m sorry! I know, I KNOW, I feel like a cop out saying that, but it’s so true for this book! If someone is looking for a fast read mystery that isn’t too thrilly while still leaving you guessing, then yes, I would recommend it. If someone is looking for a true what-the-heck-is-going-on-I-can’t-breath thriller and has-me-so-flustered-I-can’t-even-sleep mystery, then no, I would not recommend this book.