In a small backwater town where social standing is everything, 17-year-old Eva discovers being the favorite can be terrifying.
Eva’s family is wealthy and influential, so it’s big news when she’s the victim of a hit-and-run that leaves her severely injured and deeply scarred. While recovering in the hospital, sweet-tempered Eva discovers her new and horrifying ability: When people touch her, she can foresee their deaths. When one of her friends is murdered and left with a message carved in her flesh, it’s clear the killer wants Eva. The book is broken up by chapters in voices other than Eva’s, the most absorbing of which is Judge, a sexually twisted religious zealot obsessed with Eva, who believes he’s communicating with her through the flowers he leaves on his victims. Readers know he’s the killer but not who he is among Eva’s acquaintances. Lifelong friend Nate makes Eva’s heart flutter. He stays handsomely by her side throughout the mounting terror. As the death toll increases, Eva, meek no more, uses her visions in an attempt to stop the murderer’s elaborate plan to possess her. Marr, who generally explores supernatural themes, here pens a tightly choreographed spine-chiller with an intriguing view into the mind of a psychopath.
This riveting whodunit delivers a bouquet of teen romance, paranormal and thriller. (Paranormal thriller/romance. 15-20)