Welcome to a new Waiting on Wednesday + I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday. Today I am eagerly waiting for Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow!
I was scrolling down my Goodreads feed, liking my friends posts/book updates when I stumbled upon this book! The title pulled me in and then I read the blurb and I was like, but WAIT how did I NOT notice this one before? I mean, thriller? Mystery? Young Adult? Taking place on an island? That COVER? So it is now on my OMG Need To Buy shelf and now I need to wait until June 28th (argggh).
I am really curious about this book and who the killer is (or who the killers are, I have read enough books that this wouldn’t surprise me). It is quite gruesome that young women are not safe on this island. Such an idyllic place, but apparently something dark is lurking in its underbelly. I am both proud and afraid for the MC. Proud that she is not letting people get away with this. But afraid because this has been going on for some time and it is probably someone with lots of influence.
But I am also eager about the LGBT content. The new girl next door. The touches. I am curious how it will be integrated in the story and I hope that it is done well. That the focus is still on the mystery/murders but that we get some light reprieve in between.
With compelling characters, broken friendships and complicated romances, BAD THINGS HAPPEN HERE is the irresistible YA murder mystery thriller: it makes your heart race, your toes curl, and your mind whirl with deadly secrets, dark truths and the innate need to escape a poisonous paradise.
The island of Parris: paradise or poison?
Luca Laine Thomas lives in Parris, the beautiful island plagued by the unsolved deaths of young women – most significantly, Luca’s best friend. All Luca wants is to heal from the traumatic loss and leave her feelings of guilt and helplessness behind.
Then Luca comes home to find the police at her house. Her sister, Whitney, is dead.
Luca and Naomi, the new girl next door, decide to take the investigation into their own hands, and along the way their connection deepens. Soon, their casual touches and innocent flirtations become something way more real. But finding out what happened on the night of Whitney’s disappearance reveals lie upon lie.
Nothing is as it seems. Will Luca’s search finally reveal truth about her sister’s murder? And will she unravel and escape the clutches of the curse and survive Parris?