The May Queen Murders written by Sarah Jude
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers on May 3, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Suspense / Thriller, Horror
Plot: The Glen is a small settlement where the folks have simple tastes and a deadly past.
Review: I don’t want to give away any spoilers for this one, because I really feel that it will ruin your reading experience. Instead, let me try to explain what it felt like reading this. From the jump, Sarah Jude’s writing style displays tremendous skill. Her prose is eloquently worded, but not overpowering. It has the effect of setting up this extremely believable (and beautiful) foundation for her story. She also has this innate ability to take ordinary circumstances and quickly transform them into something significantly more terrifying. It literally gave me nightmares, and I am not the squeamish type. The May Queen Murders isn’t exactly gory, either. It has some bloody scenes, but that wasn’t the frightening part. What caught me off guard was my difficulty in puzzling out the plot. I am usually the type of reader that spots what’s coming a mile away, but Jude does an amazing job of throwing her readers of the trail without sacrificing plausibility. I was thoroughly impressed with this one.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Anyone who is looking for a beautifully written slice of horror will be more than satisfied with The May Queen Murders.