Title: What The Valley Knows
Author: Heather Christie
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: January 25, 2018
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.
When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.
The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.
Do you like your contemporaries to have a bit of darkness? Something a little edgier lurking under the surface? What The Valley Knows is for you. Through Molly, the reader navigates a small town full of people who aren’t quite what they seem, whether that be for better or for worse.
I always love books that get the feel of what it’s like to be dropped in the middle of a small town right, because that’s exactly what happened to me when I was a teen. If you’ve ever moved to a small town, you know exactly how it feels to navigate a social scene where everyone has known each other since they were in diapers, and there’s definitely some of that happening in What The Valley Knows. I feel like the author did an awesome job of setting up the town, and also gauging how a small town would react to something like what happens to Molly.
I won’t babble too much, as I don’t want to risk accidentally giving away anything at all about the plot, as the synopsis does an awesome job of being purposely vague and I don’t want to ruin it. This book is a very quick read, with easy to read writing and a fast pace that easily lets you fly through the pages to find out what happened to Molly. It’d be very easy to sit down and read this book in one sitting.
My only complaint is that I wish we had a bit more development at the beginning. I wanted to get to know some of the side characters a bit more than we did, but other than that, What The Valley Knows is a solid, quick read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.