Blur {Book Review}


Expected Publish Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
Author: Steven James
Pages: 368
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Suspense

The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.

Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?

As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality. – Summary from Goodreads

*Thank you to Netgalley and Skyscape for providing this ARC in return for an honest review!*

It started with the drowning death of Emily Jackson, a quiet freshman who might as well have been invisible. Like most deaths of a young person, it rocked the entire school. More specifically it rocked the school’s quarterback, Daniel. Daniel, for no reason at all, began hallucinating and interacting with Emily’s ghost. He didn’t know her, had never spoken with her or given her any attention, so naturally he was confused by this {aside from the fact that it was completely crazy}. First, he saw her at the funeral {she sat up in the casket, that sort of thing} and then on the football field {she was walking towards him, all bloated and gross}. Both times she dropped hints. Hints that made him think that her death wasn’t an accident. It takes a lot out of Daniel, who is convinced he’s going crazy, but with the help of his friends, he reveals the truth with some pretty interesting surprises along the way.

I have to be honest, at first I wasn’t sold. I thought this was going to be your typical ghostly predictable whodunnit. I’m the first to admit that I was SO wrong!! Yes there were parts that dragged on and some parts that felt…hokey?…but in the end, I ended up really liking this story. I was convinced that I knew what was going to happen, who the bad guy was, who was to not be trusted. It’s clear now that I’m not good at solving problems! I was wrong every single time! James does a great job of keeping you on your toes, not letting you get too comfortable with your conclusions.

Also, it was a refreshing that the main character was the popular high school quarterback who had the schizo tendencies. As opposed to the emo kid who is usually pegged with the mental issues. I also found it amazing that there wasn’t any insta-love or love triangle. Yes, there was something of a like-triangle but it was more of a “Do I go for the girl I know or the girl I just met?” kind of struggle and it felt real. I liked the characters and I liked the ending. What I don’t like is that I have to wait until September of NEXT YEAR for the sequel. *sigh* oh well, #firstworldproblems.

If you’re looking for a book with a good whodunnit plot, likable characters, and a story that will make you heart beat a little faster than normal, then this is your book!


6 thoughts on “Blur {Book Review}

    • Yay! It’s so worth the read!! I’ll keep an eye on for your thoughts!!
      The sequel will be called Fury 🙂 *bites fingernails in excited nervousness* I can’t wait to find our who is furious 🙂

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