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Book Review: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

About the Book:Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

About the Author:
Lorie Langdon is one half of the author team that writes the best-selling DOON series, a young adult reimagining of the musical Brigadoon. A few years ago, she left her corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now she spends her days tucked into her office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.
Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment Weekly.com and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high profile sites as USAToday.com, Hypable.com, and BroadwayWorld.com. Lorie’s solo debut, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, releases September 27th 2016. GILT HOLLOW was recently named by Redbook Magazine as one of the "Books By Women You Must Read This Fall."

My Thoughts:
I love a good mystery book, especially when it's got a hidden love story. This book gave me everything that I wanted and more. It drew me in from the first page, and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. I was surprised by who committed the crime, and that's impressive. I was sure that I knew who did it and then Bam! I was wrong.
The characters were well developed, something I, as an author myself, find very impressive. Creating believable and in-depth characters is something that I struggle with, so I was impressed by how well Ashton and Willow were "real" to me. (Other authors that do this include: Morgan Matson and Colleen Hoover).
The relationship that Ashton and Willow shared was so adorable. She believed him despite everyone else believing that he committed the murder. It was as if she knew there was no way her best friend could ever do something like that.
I would recommend this book to anyone in the YA category (or anyone that enjoys reading them like myself), and to anyone who enjoys a good mystery that will catch you from the first page and keep you reading throughout the entire book! 

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