Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.
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This isn't my typical genre, but I am so glad that I decided to read Gilt Hollow. There's lots of mystery and suspense in this book, which was very interesting and kept me guessing, but there's also some romance for readers like me who think romance makes everything a little better 😉. The characters are very intriguing, even the bad ones. You can't help but to ping pong around in your mind who you think the true killer might be. Even some of the seemingly nicer characters come under suspect a few times and really make you think about people's ulterior motives. Ashton was a very captivating main character and really made me care about him and the fact that he was falsely convicted. His and Willow's friendship/romance was very starcrossed lovers meets childhood sweetheart and I absolutely ate it up. I read through this book fairly quick because I just could not get enough. I think you would enjoy this book just as much as I did if you are a fan of YA with friendship, mystery, suspense, and some romance.
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