by Steven James
Series: Blur Trilogy #1
Published by Skyscape Release date : May 27th, 2014
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense, Young Adult
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The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.
Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?
As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.
Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Blur caught my eye because not only is it a mystery, which is my new fancy, but I have heard great things about Steven James. I haven’t read, and let’s be honest- enjoyed, many books from a males POV either. But I loved it! Since this is a mystery, my review will be vague but the gist? Read this book.
We meet Daniel, the all-star athlete in his small town attending the funeral of a teenage girl who had died a week prior. Her death was ruled an accident, but after a (creepy) and unexpected turn of events, Daniel starts to believe that she was murdered. As his grasp on reality starts to slip, he sets off to uncover the clues about her death, with the help from his friends.
AH, the writing! Just, amazing. I will say that this does start off rather slow, taking a good portion to really get into it. Looking back, I see why this was necessary though. Once things do take off? Hooked. The “blurred” scenes were probably my favorite. There were creepy, and added a flare to the mystery. There was one aspect of the mystery that I caught onto rather quickly, but the remaining parts of the novel I didn’t. I was constantly pointing my finger at different characters. Admittedly, I was never right!
Daniel is a smart, sweet and likeable guy; he was such an interesting character. He questioned everything happening to him, and that just isn’t something you see much in young adult. There were a few times he was being slightly over dramatic though. I honestly believe he handled everything going on rather well. A few things that he saw were just down right creepy and I am not sure I would have been able to handle it. Also, he was just a little too trusting.
My Peeve –
My only qualm was the slow start. I mentioned before, looking back I feel it was necessary to get a grasp on Daniel, his life and what exactly was going on in that head of his.
I loved it! Blur is a masterfully crafted mystery that will keep you on your toes and guessing throughout the book. I am highly anticipating the sequel to this. I recommend it.