The Lonely Dead, by April Henry | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

The Lonely Dead, by April Henry.

Trigger Warnings: Murder mention, Attempted Murder, Drinking Mention, Schizophrenia mention.

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cover145963-mediumA killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.

For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex best friend Tori in a shallow grave in the woods and realizes that Tori is actually dead — that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer. But what if the killer finds Adele first?

Master mystery-write April Henry adds a chilling paranormal twist to this incredibly suspenseful young adult novel.

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I am so glad that I finally got to read The Lonely Dead! I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, and it was only somewhat recently that the library I frequent had it. I’ve actually talked about The Lonely Dead and how excited I was about it in one of my previous posts (Most Anticipated Books of January 2019).

What I liked about this book, even prior to reading it, was the the main character of The Lonely Dead has my name, Adele! I’ve read maybe…2, or 3, books with characters who share my name.

Sitting down to read The Lonely Dead was certainly captivating since the story itself is told both in the moment, and in the past. Something that I absolutely loved about The Lonely Dead was that at each chapter heading, there was a record of time.

While the story itself was fast paced, and with the addition of the record of time that we’re given, The Lonely Dead was an incredibly fast paced read. I believe that I managed to finish Adele’s story in a little under 3 hours.

There’s actually a lot that I enjoyed about The Lonely Dead:

  • Fast paced
  • Time was kept in the chapter headings (which for me always makes the story that much more captivating to me?)
  • The story kept me guessing about who was actually behind Tori’s murderer was. I was actually surprised by the culprit.
  • There was never a dull moment in this story.

So, yes, I did enjoy reading The Lonely Dead. As always, reading one of April Henry’s novels was a blast.

I give The Lonely Dead, 3.5 stars.

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Have you read The Lonely Dead? Have you read anything else by April Henry? 

I know that when a new April Henry novel comes out, and the library acquires a copy, that I’m going to be in for a treat. I adore diving into April Henry’s works.

I believe I’ve only read a few of April Henry’s works, so I hope to change that sometime.

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Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

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