by Wendy Heard is a Contemporary YA Psychological Thriller novel with a LGBTQ+ Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | Release Date: March 30, 2021
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An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in this expertly plotted YA thriller. For fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Kara Thomas.
The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.
Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.
"Wild and satisfying." --Kirkus Starred Review
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About The Author:
Wendy Heard is the author of two adult thrillers: The Kill Club and Hunting Annabelle, which Kirkus Reviews praised as “a diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch.” She’s Too Pretty To Burn, which Kirkus called “a wild and satisfying romp” in a starred review, marks her YA debut. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America, and is a contributor at Crimereads.com and Writer’s Digest. Wendy lives in Los Angeles, California.
She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard is an edgy YA psychological thriller with LGBTQ+ romantic elements that starts as a slow burn and spontaneously ignites into a full-blown blaze. This story is beautiful, but dark. All three main characters are unreliable narrators who turn their passions and dreams into the most important thing in their life, without thinking about the consequences of what it would do to their friends. This kind of narrow focus makes their toxic lives bubble over, causing rippled effects between their relationships with each other. The pace picks up when the lies and secrets start to leak out, which builds the suspense into a fast and furious murderous ending (leaving it open for a possible sequel).
Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for allowing me to listen to an advance copy of the audiobook version in exchange for an honest review. I must say I loved the narrator voices by Frankie Corzo, Bailey Carr, and Stephen Dexter. I could also see this novel developed into a kickass psychological thriller movie. Yes, yes, yes!
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars because... I love reading books about troubled mother and daughter relationships, books about best friends with trust issues, books that inspire and educate me in the art and photography world, and books that explore the mindset of the ordinary evil person (you might call them a psychotic killer). This book nailed all of that.