I’m so glad Steven James writes books. I really am. I was first introduced to his books during my first year with the INSPYs and I was instantly hooked! Blur is the first book in a series with a touch of supernatural and plenty of suspense – and it’s fabulous.
The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.
Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?
As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.
Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense.
The master of suspense himself knows how to keep a reader glued to the pages. The quick chapters do make it hard to stop. It’s so much easier to say “just one more chapter” when they’re so short. Yet another reader problem we must suffer through.
I hesitate to even label this as YA. Not because it’s inappropriate for young adults (far from it), but this is a story I think any age will enjoy. Yes, the characters are in high school, but James has created such a fresh storyline, there’s no denying its appeal.
Not only was this a thrill of a novel, James brought the story forth in a different way than I expected. It was refreshing, had my heart beating fast and was just plain enjoyable! The crimes, the mysteries, the whys….I was guessing the whole time.
And that, my friends, makes for an excellent read!
Are you big with thriller novels?