A killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.For Adele, the dead arent really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But shes spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex best friend Tori in a shallow grave in the woods and realizes tha...
|Title||:||The Lonely Dead|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
The Lonely Dead Reviews
I had many problems with The Lonely Dead, but I think it all can be boiled down to lazy writing and poor representation.
This story was told in a very linear way. Once our character found out a new piece of information, she would immediately go to talk to someone who revealed something else immediately. Then, our character would use that information to go find the next person to question. It left little suspense or mystery to the story and everything felt too easy. However, all the information e ...more
I had read a couple of April’s other books and I loved this premise, sadly I was pretty disappointed. Also, two stars might be too high.
I wanted to like Adele, but her inner monologue was not something I could settle into. I get that she’s struggling with family history and current events, yet I didn’t feel empathy. All of the other characters are clichéd and flat. No one felt fleshed out and developed as they should have been.
Plot wise, it was very boring. The reveals were obvious and everyth ...more
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.
So . . . where to start with this one. It is classic April Henry fodder-there is a murder, a mystery, and a girl somehow finds herself in the middle of it all. There is a lack of character development and undersold back stories, but you find yourself not really caring because it's quick, it's kinda fun, and you know that most of the middle school kids she is writing for are ...more
Unfortunately, I read this.
I'm sorry to say this so bluntly, but this sucked.
It read like an early-middle grade and not YA. The writing is lazy, and the characters are dull and undeveloped. The story was not fleshed out well, and the characters' reactions were absolutely unrealistic. It was very plain and simple which is disappointing because it had so much potential. I only kept reading because the story was about ghosts. I used to write stories and poems many years ago, and I've had a few id ...more
Henry’s books have been hit or miss with me. I read Run, Hide, Fight Back last year and it was filled with suspense and twists. I also read Shock Point and loved it, but then I moved on to The Girl I Used to Be and it was a bust. The Lonely Dead fit in that category as well. I didn’t despise the writing or characters, but more of the plot. I recently finished City of Ghosts and I adore the Darkest Powers series so the bar was automatically raised when I started the first page of The Lonely Dead. ...more
Let's be honest. I know you will read this.
It's April Henry.
I'm not saying you shouldn't.
The Lonely Dead is an interesting take. Adele has been diagnosed with a mental illness because she carries a trait in the female lineage of her family that allows her to see the dead. When she sees the ghost of someone no one else knows has died yet, life gets messy.
I have to say, my favorite part of this book is the take that Adele was misdiagnosed. The author says it's not the ca ...more
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Adele has been labelled as schizophrenic since she was young. After talking to animals and people that weren’t actually there and based on the history of the women in her family, it was obvious that Adele suffered from this condition. However, when Adele stops taking her medications, she realizes that her hallucinations were actually dead people and animals. When she stumbles over a classmate’s spirit and murdered body, Adele becom ...more
Read it in a day. Fun page-turning YA thriller with a touch of the supernatural. Great for reluctant readers and those who love a quick, easy mystery.