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Title: Wicked Charm
Author: Amber Hart
Publisher: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
Published: January 30th, 2018
The main characters in this YA romantic suspense are Willow Bell, who has moved to live with her Grandmother in the Opefenokee Swamp and the boy-next-door, Beau Cadwell. Beau is very popular with the girls but has a reputation as a Cassanova, always breaking the hearts of the girls he dates. The story is told from their alternative points of view. . . .
Willow and Beau attend the same school and share some of the same classes. Everyone warns Willow to avoid Beau but forbidden fruit is often the most tempting! When Beau starts to meet up with Willow, his previous girlfriend is found murdered . . . and she’s only the first. He is the number one suspect for most people, his bad boy reputation and previous relationships with the victims are all evidence against him. However this just spurs both Willow and Beau to start investigating the deaths and I enjoyed how the story is shared from their alternating points of view. As their investigations continue, their relationship develops but there are so many secrets to be revealed and a killer to be unmasked making this an enthralling page-turner.
The uncomfortable, atmospheric setting is brought to life by the brilliant descriptions – I’ve never actually been there but feel that I have virtually. There are plenty of secondary characters, including Beau’s mysterious sister, who add to the mystery and suspense in this compulsive read which I have no hesitation in highly recommending and I’ll certainly look out for more from this author in future!
I requested and received a copy of this novel. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.