The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
3 ½ stars!
In the small coastal town of Emerald Cove, Nova Morgan lives on the wrong side of the tracks – at least in the eyes of the “cakes” or rich kids that come there to their summer home every year. Along with her best friend Alex Pace, Nova is terrorized and tormented on a daily basis by the cakes while working in her grandfather’s bustling restaurant – one of which is her ex-boyfriend she thought she’d never have to see again. But this summer is about to be even worse than past summers…this summer, someone is on a killing spree.
At first it’s just animals mutilated and left with a beautiful yet poisonous Foxglove flower in their mouths…but when one of the cake girls goes missing, the breezy summer town turns upside down with talk of murder and the fingers start pointing of someone local being the culprit. And when Nova and Alex end up in the middle of mayhem – along with the local hoodlums Matt and Janika, the officials start looking their way. Especially when not just the one missing cake shows up dead, but two – and Alex is supposedly the last one to have seen one of them alive. And so as soon as Alex goes missing, only Nova and her nemesis Janika believe in his innocence. But if it’s not enough, that could mean that a murderer goes free and Alex could be lost to Nova forever…
While I had a hard time digesting a lot in the story – like how the cakes answered to virtually no one, they always get their revenge, and their willingness to hurt people – I have to say that I didn’t see the ending coming from a mile away. It was so out of the blue – a little crazy and didn’t necessarily make the most sense for me as a reader, but it sure did catch me by surprise – that alone was worth the extra half star for me! While I really enjoyed seeing Nova and Alex’s relationship bloom and grow, I was left with a lot of unanswered questions upon reading the last line – it felt like a lot went unfinished or unsaid to explain the ending and the choices of the characters to the readers.