Hushed by Kelley York
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
it isn't as simple as bad guy doing bad things. there's twisted purpose to all his actions so that we have a figure righting the wrongs... sometimes in the wrong way; but more there's that slow slow realization on the rightness of his choices. and the dawning that the opposite might be true. it’s that which weighs on him. so that things shift from him as protector, avenger and what not to him, simply being this kid with a history and the acknowledgement that he is just like her in some respects.
his twisted purpose and their twisted relationship went in sharp contrast to who ethan was becoming for him. except frankly, ethan had me doubting his goodness too. the boy read almost too perfect in being there and knowing but accepting, so that you could almost see another vivian in the making. still, it’s their connection that made reading this easier given the complications and all those strings that vivian held.
vivivian, though i sort of liked except maybe i should say was fascinated by. so obviously manipulative, so obviously not right. It’s her part of the story that felt too pat for my liking. there’s an almost too perfect thing in there being a comeuppance for her; there seemed to be no other way for her part to be tied up, and well, maybe things could have been explored?
thank you, net galley!
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