Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….
No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.
But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.
Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.
I always love watching murder mystery movies because of the curiosity it brings within us to know what had happened with the victim and how the detective unfolds the truth. But I have never read any MURDER mystery/thriller books. So “Frozen Beauty” is literally the first book I have read in this particular genre and I wholeheartedly loved it.
Death is inevitable, everyone knows that but one cannot handle the pain of missing someone close to their heart forever. This is what happens in Malloy sisters life. Kit, the elder of the other two, found dead in the woods. Tessa, the second elder and Lilly, the youngest were desperate to know what really happened to their sister.
I love this book in all the aspects. The way it starts promises that the book is going to be more intriguing. There were two timelines. Usually, I find it hard when the book has timelines because of the confusion it brings. But in this book the timelines was not a barrier to the plot actually it made it more and more engaging. As this a YA thriller, it has that teen romance here and there but it doesn’t affect the story which I loved the most.
Every character in this book has lot of secrets within each others. Lilly has the habit of writing diary which is one of my favorite things in this book because I myself wanted to write diary but I haven’t started it for no reasons. These sisters were not showering love on each other directly, they were like most of the sisters in the real world fighting and teasing each other but still can’t bear if anything bad happens to either of them which makes this book feel more real than fictional.
The author’s writing style make the story move with the constant flow and there is this excitement of what would happen next at the end of each chapter. One more important thing is that the chapters were small and I personally love small chapters. The character development was good and it was so clear. The title is perfectly apt for the story. Every single guess of mine of who might be the murderer went wrong. The climax is totally unexpected and I am really satisfied with the ending.
This book is a perfect mysterious page-turner with lots of twists and turns which you will find hard to put down. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
*Thank you so much FFBC for having me in the blog tour as well as for the e-ARC.*
About the author:
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, an all-womxn creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Frozen Beauty, Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.