by Kelley Armstrong
Review by Gayle Surrette
Crown Books for Young Readers Library Binding ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399550331
Date: 18 April 2017 List Price $20.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Reeve's End is the sort of town where the young people leave as quickly as they can. There are no jobs available, and no options for amusement, employment, or advancement. The only option is to escape.
Winter Crane is counting down the days until she can escape, just like her best friend, Edie Greene, and her sister Cadence did. Meanwhile, she's working part-time for the local vet, keeping her grades up, hoping for scholarships, and tutoring her fellow students, provided they can pay.
Winter's mother died years ago and her father sank into a bottle. When her sister left, she moved to an abandoned cabin in the woods. Edie had taught her to hunt and forage. It saved money and gave her a quiet place to study, at least it did until she found a shoe and followed the tracks to find a boy. He was pretty banged and beaten but alive.
Once he came to, Winter learned his name was Lennon and he'd been in the woods trying to find Edie, who'd called him and asked him to come help her. He hadn't found her but someone had found him. He was convinced that something had happened to Edie and it was all his fault.
The tension builds as incident follows incident, but when checked in the light of day, there's no evidence it ever happened. Someone or something is hunting them. Winter can't get anyone to believe her. She now wonders just how many of the young people who left town actually made it out of town. How many were hunted? Winter wants to learn the truth.
Tension builds up and there is enough confusion and clues to point to several different explanations for what's happening. Nothing is clear until the very end. There's also enough ambiguity to lead the reader to wonder if what they are seeking is a serial killer or a supernatural entity until very near the end.