Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life—one without the shadow of the Bonebreaker hanging over him. It's been a year since his serial killer father's execution, and it finally looks like things are turning around for Kyle. Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom. Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Killdeer Academy's newcomer. She does not know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. What she does know is she and Kyle have a connection with each other—and a spark that Kyle continues to back away from. Soon after Kyle’s arrival, the death count on campus starts to rise. Someone is set on finishing what the Bonebreaker started, and murdering ghosts from the past may be the only thing that can stop the spree. Told in alternating viewpoints, Kat Ellis’s tale of mystery and horror is full of broken bonds and new beginnings.
The story is slow at the beginning but builds once seventeen-year-old old Kyle Henry gets out of the car and looks at the academy. There's lots of suspense, intrigue, and even romantic chemistry between two very unlikely characters. Seriously, who would ever think the son of a serial killer would get involved with the daughter of one of his father's victims. But somehow this works.
Kyle's struggles to not follow in his father's footsteps are shown in vivid and believable details. He fights against his attraction to Naomi even when he knows the smart thing to do would be to leave. Kyle doesn't come across as a victim but someone who doesn't want to be labeled due to his father's crimes. And what his father did--crush his victims to the point of being unrecognizable-is very graphic and chilling.
Naomi also carries her own demons. Her mother's brutal death still haunts her. Some kids continue to taunt her over this. Her good friends Kit and Fletch look out for her. Both aren't the typical student but multi-layered just like most teens.
There's twists and turns along with a few deaths on campus. Fingers point to the most likely suspect but don't be fooled! There's a couple red herrings thrown at readers and the final reveal is haunting.
Suspenseful thriller with twist and turns where not is all it seems to be. An very unlikely romantic connection that has everything set against it.