The third book in the series reveals even more secrets about Crimson Grove’s past.
The mystery about Rachel’s death remains unsolved, and then Sierra also disappears. Sierra is kidnapped, starved, tortured, and then ends up in an abandoned hospital wing. Her father and the hospital staff originally think that she cut herself and locked herself in the wing because of the stress that she was under due to her parents’ pending divorce. Sierra and her friends know that it is just the killer toying with their lives again. They must find a way to get Sierra out of the hospital and to keep her safe from the killer. As Sierra is in the hospital she meets Finn, a strange boy who seems to be her only companion while there.
This book definitely has the most action/horror elements in the entire series, especially with the scenes where Sierra was tortured during her kidnapping. It wasn’t so gory that I felt sick, but it would definitely appeal to people who like thriller and horror elements.
The worldbuilding definitely improved in this book, as it takes place throughout several different areas in Crimson Grove. The character development also improved, as Sierra has to deal with the memories of her kidnapping. I was wondering when the series was going to truly delve into how these events were affecting the girls, but Sierra’s POV started the conversation. She used to just be a shallow party girl, but these events have started to change her personality completely. In fact, all the girls used to seem shallow and spoiled, but as each book continues from a new girl’s POV, we get to see what their true personalities are.
Also, the romance in this series improves with every book. So far, we have Lindsey with Vincent, Lainey with Jackson, and now Sierra starts with her own love interest. It doesn’t take away from the main plot, but it definitely spices up the story and increases the stakes for the situations that the characters are in.
This book starts to truly uncover the truth behind Rachel’s death, whereas the other books seemed to just try to tie up one end but instead unraveling the whole story. I won’t spoil much, but it really starts to get good.
I would recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of thrillers, horror novels or mysteries with a lot of character development.
I received this book for free and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 6/5