Title: Wicked Charm
Author: Amber Hart
Genre: YA Mystery
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
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.
Let’s start this off with the obligatory comment on the cover, because that’s who I am as a person. I love the cover of this book, and I think it gives off just the right vibe to kind of set the tone for the story.
I think most of my issue comes from the fact that I absolutely could not stand Beau at first. People were telling Willow to stay away from him and I was like “YES GIRL RUN”. I will say that he grew on me in the end, but this made it really hard for me to get into their romance at first. By the end, I was a lot more on board with both the romance and Willow and Beau as characters. Other than that, I did feel like the dialogue was a bit unnatural at times, and I had a lot of “do people really talk like that?” moments. Which, in all fairness, could 100% be because I’m not from the South.
I liked the swamp setting. That’s not something we get a lot, so if anyone has any more good YA mysteries set in a swamp, feel free to share them with me. The author did a great job of setting up the whole atmosphere of the swamp, making the swamp itself feel like a character that might be more dangerous than some of the actual people living in it, if that makes sense. The actual murder mystery was enjoyable to read, and I was surprised by the killer, even if the motive was a bit weak in my opinion.
All in all, Wicked Charm was good but not as great as I wanted it to be. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.