Bad things never happen in the picturesque town of Haddon Falls ... until now.
It all starts with a killer party. It will end with a savage crime spree.
Seniors Donovan Walsh and Drea Sullivan attend a high school party for very different reasons. But after discovering the body of one of their classmates, they find themselves thrust into the same waking nightmare. From that moment, their lives become intertwined in a search for answers to questions they never should have asked.
As bodies pile high, the unlikely pair dig into Haddon Falls’ past and uncover secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. In a small town where every face is friendly and every door unlocked, Donovan and Drea must unravel who is an ally ... and who is willing to bury them—and the truth—six feet under.
Trigger/Content Warning: Some Profanity/Language, Mentions of Suicide, Death, Violence, Mentions of Attempted Sexual Assault (Not Graphic), Mentions of Death of A Parent, Drinking, Mentions of Drugs - All Involving Teens.
Perfect for fans of:
- LGBTQ+ stories for teens and young adults
- Detective stories for teens
- Teen thrillers
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Once again, TA Kunz has kept me guessing and on my toes with his newest release, Pretty Savage. I love a good mystery and TA Kunz always delivers. Who doesn’t love a good mystery!
Donovan and Drea are both easy to like. Donovan reminds me of a friend I had in high school. They both feel like actual people. They aren’t unrealistic characters who have all the answers to all the things and I can appreciate that in a story. Too many characters nowadays just have all the answers and that’s not realistic, especially for a couple of teenagers. I love their senses of humor as well. As someone fluent in sarcasm and making jokes at the wrong time, I love seeing characters who do the same.
I really appreciated the length of this book. It took me 3 days to read it. Far too often either I’m loving a story, and it’s over too fast, or it just drags on forever and is full of filler. Pretty Savage is neither of those things. Every word is essential to the story, and it moves along at a great pace. It doesn’t seem to drag or have unnecessary filler just to add pages.
Kunz’s ability to make me see the story always amazes me. Every single book I’ve read by this author has made me feel like I was watching a movie even more than usual. I would definitely watch this if it were a movie, as long as the director didn’t ruin it lol. I love that I didn’t figure out what was going on until the end. They revealed just enough along the way to make you question yourself when you think you know who the killer is. I hate solving the mystery too early and I didn’t have that problem with this book.
Pretty Savage is a great read. It’s fast-paced, keeps you on your toes and guessing, and wraps you up so completely, you don’t want to do anything else until you find out how it’s going to end. The story revolves around high school students, but I thoroughly enjoyed it even as an older person. Highly recommend.