"Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.
Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.
As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.
What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death. To believe the impossible." - description on Good Reads.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great combination of chick-flick-let's-fall-in-love, of supernatural/ paranormal, of suspense and mystery, and a definite sense of 'what till happen next'. Scarlett as a character is very likeable. She is young still, but so much has happened to her that she has a strong character and she is has this great sense of determination about her. But it's her friend Cara, whom I really love. She is everything a side-kick, best friend should be: funny, loyal, a little bit crazy, and everything that Scarlett needs. Cara's brother, Luke, who teaches Scarlett to surf, is just the sweetest and from the beginning I wanted he and Scarlett to be together. On the other hand, there's Jude, the mysterious guy who shows up at random times, just when Scarlett needs him most. Dun dun DUN! (that was me singing dramatic music, guys)
In terms of story line, I really liked the plot and the flow of the story. Tayte has a brilliant writing style and it was easy to follow, and easy to read 'just one more chapter'. One thing I did find a little annoying was the paranormal/supernatural element didn't really kick in until well into the last 3rd of the book. There were snippets of strange things happening throughout, of course, but it didn't really come to light as to what was happening until right at the end. I think I would have liked to have read more about it a little early on, but I know that there are several more books to come, so no biggy.
If you're after a pull-you-in sort of supernatural story with great characters and a fun storyline, give Death Wish a read. You can get it as an eBook from Amazon. You can also get the second in this series, Forget Me Not, on Amazon. I know I'll be reading the next one.
Thank you, Megan Tayte, for providing me with a copy of Death Wish for an honest review.