Vickie has always lived a quiet, ordinary life in an equally quiet and ordinary small town. Yet one fateful night a child turns up dead in the woods behind her house in a ritualistic slaughter. Vickie and her family are suddenly thrown into a national spotlight. But as the investigation unfolds, she begins to realize her family isn’t so ordinary after all. Evil is inching closer to those she holds dear and Vickie isn’t sure who she can ultimately trust.
A small town, a grisly ritualistic murder followed by whispers of a prophecy and sacrifice, the prospect of this book is terrifying. Ultimate Sacrifice is a young adult novel about a teen girl that finds herself and her family in the middle of a murder investigation with some horrifying implications. The book begins at a running start and keeps up a fast pace for the entirety of the book.
I could sympathize with Vickie and the stress of having her family flooded with hatred and negative press, the pressure of suddenly being in the spotlight and suspected of the most heinous crime imaginable. I liked that the book showed realistically what something like this can do to a family and to a person’s sense of personal safety, making them question everyone and everything around them.
The hints at a cult in their small town was also seriously creepy, and the more that Vickie dug around the more uneasy even I felt at what she was finding. It reminded me of the old slasher films I grew up watching from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The story definitely takes on a dark and disturbing tone and it only gets worse and worse, but I loved every minute of it.
Now the version that I had was riddled with errors, missing words or ones that I can only assume were auto-corrected and it was a bit off putting. I was given a copy for a blog tour a few weeks before release, so I can only hope that it has been corrected for the full version. I also have to acknowledge that it’s a tiny bit predictable, but at the same time I kept telling myself that it couldn’t be what I suspected, I didn’t want it to be, so it did a good job of filling me with dread and making me feel invested in the story and characters.
This has got to be one of the fastet most fun reads I’ve had in a while. I enjoyed myself thoroughly despite mild issues, and while it deals in some pretty gruesome topics I think it’s a decent horror thriller for a young adult audience. It’s perfect for the Halloween season and I strongly recommend it.
Strengths: Fast paced and fun to read
Weaknesses: Mildly predictable
Warnings: Violence, sex, language, gore
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About the Author
S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of the thriller,
KILLER INSTINCT, the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the romances, THE
SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She lives off the coast of
Florida with her very grouchy dog. ULTIMATE SACRIFICE is her debut YA horror, due
out October 2017.
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