Vesper

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0061992763
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A strong debut
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4.3
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VESPER is immediately captivating as we see Emily exhibiting strange behavior on the heels of another Emily's murder. I give kudos to the author for making both "Daytime Emily" and "Nighttime Emily" fascinating and relatable to the reader. I also enjoyed the (somewhat dysfunctional) relationship between Emily and her best friend Meagan. The plot is woven around interviews (Really, more like debriefings) between Emily and a man who is trying to figure out what happened after the fact. The plot is fast-paced and keeps the reader turning the pages.

The only thing I wanted from the book that I didn't get was a clearer picture of what happens at the end. The plot hurtles Emily toward a point where we realize she's been caught and something bad is about to happen, and then everything else happens off page, and we get a very negligible summary that really doesn't explain much of anything. I wish we could've been treated to the pay off of the ending action and plot twists.

However, that was one small note in a book that really maintained my interest all the way through. I recommend it for reading and will pick up the sequel.
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4.7
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Right when I began this book, I was immediately hooked on the mysterious link between Emily Webb and the murdered Emily Cooke. The book opens with a bang, announcing the death of a popular girl at Emily Webb's school. Emily soon begins to act strange when night falls and makes realizations that will blow the reader's mind. I though this book brought the right mix of action, humor, and seriousness when needed. Emily really kept me on my toes and I thought she was a freaking awesome, kick-ass kind of character! Jeff Sampson created a perfectly-crafted page-turner that will hold your attention from start to finish. A lot of the time, I don't like 1st person, but I thought it really suited this book well, along with the intervals with "Mr. Savage".

The sequel to this book, Havoc, is set to be released January 2012.
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