Wednesday, 22 October 2014

(ARC) Book Review (397): This Is How It Ends - Jen Nadol


This Is How It Ends

Publication: 7th October 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Buy It: Pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or find through Indie Bound.
This Is How It Ends on Goodreads.
If you could see the future, would you want to? After the disturbing visions Riley and his friends see turn out to be more than hallucinations, fate takes a dangerous twist in this dark and suspenseful page-turner.

Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend—a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years?

In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true...including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. But who is the murderer? Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events?
My Thoughts.
This Is How It Ends is a mystery with a paranormal slant, focusing on a pair of binoculars that seems to show the future.

When a group of friends: Riley, Trip, Sarah, Natalie and Tannis find the binoculars they never expect that what they each see while looking through them would ever actually happen, especially when Riley sees himself in bed with his best friend Trip's girlfriend Sarah, who also happens to be Riley's crush, knowing that he'd never betray Trip like that, with none of them willing to believe what they were shown they think nothing more of it until Natalie's Dad is murdered just like she saw in the binoculars, and when she becomes a suspect her friends band together to find the real murderer.

Within this story we have two mysteries, one of the murder and the other of the unexplainable future visions that the binoculars have shown them all.

While I did enjoy this story, it wasn't anything spectacular, it is a quick read though and is a good book to read if you have time to spare.

I wasn't a big fan of the ending, and I just wish that it hadn't been left the way it was, leaving the readers with questions that were never answered.

I give this 3/5 stars.


Jen Nadol grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and graduated from American University with a BA in literature. She's lived in Washington DC, Boston, NYC and now, an old farmhouse north of the city with her husband and three sons. When she's not writing, she's probably tending to the farmhouse or the sons, reading, cooking, skiing, or sleeping.
You can find her online on facebook and twitter or visit her author pages at Simon & SchusterBloomsburyAmazon and Goodreads.

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