Book: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Series: Nearly Gone #1
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Date Published: March 25th, 2014
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Date Started: October 12th, 2014
Date Finished: October 17th, 2014
Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.
Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.
Hey guys, I think its times to refresh and continue on with book reviews. Things have been a little rough in the book community, but I’m confident things can get back to its happy balance. Today I have a review of Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano.
This book was never really on my radar. I had seen the cover around, but I never took the time to really read the synopsis or dig much into it. I actually had a friend bring it to me one day when we were hanging out and suggested I read it. I usually trust her book tastes, so I decided to dive into it.
This is a story about a girl named Nearly Boswell. I know, strange name right? She has been striving to get herself out of the trailer park that she has been living in with her mother, who is an exotic dancer. Her father left when she was young, so Nearly doesn’t have that much going for her other than the fact that she is really smart and strives to keep her grades up, which doesn’t come without competition. But through her obsession of looking in the personal ads for any sign of her father, Nearly has discovered through cryptic messages that someone may be targeting students at her school. She forms a bond with a new transfer who has a long rap sheet but has a secret identity of working undercover for a police case. Only problem is, Nearly may be the main suspect.
I thought this book would be a good entry for my Halloween Reads. This book is surrounded in mystery, and you’ll spend the entire time trying to figure out who the killer is. I was literally naming everyone as a suspect and trusted no one. Its like a good mystery where you’re one of the investigators. And since you’ll be thinking that everyone is a suspect, you’ll never see who the real suspect is.
The mystery in this book is what really had me hooked. I did, however, have a few problems with the book, mainly with the plot. I felt that there were a few missing details, which I think is kind of a dangerous thing when working with a mystery story. Every little detail becomes important. Its like working a case. You don’t want to miss anything. I also felt like that Nearly’s relationship with the new transfer was a little forced. They’re forced to work together to stay safe, but I never felt like they were together enough in order to form that strong of a bond. It appears as though they suddenly fell for each other (which happens in real life) but usually there are little steps and details that get you to that point.
This book has a bit of a paranormal hint in it. Nearly has this ability to feel others emotions when she touches them. I thought that the book could have done without this ability because I didn’t think it really added to the story.
There were also a few issues that were left unresolved, which left me a little disappointed, but I just discovered this is part of a series, so those issues may still be resolved later on. After knowing that, I feel a little more encouraged that I will like the series as it goes on. As a standalone, its missing a few things, but as a series, it can still be potentially strong and get significantly better.