This is one of those books I was so, so excited for. It released a few weeks ago, so I’m glad I got to read it so soon.
Sarah Jude’s The May Queen Murders
What It’s About:
Ivy lives in the small village of Rowan’s Glen. Set in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks, this is a community that takes care of itself and doesn’t trust outsiders. (See more below about the setting.)
When her cousin and best friend, Heather, begins to pull away, Ivy begins feeling lost. What makes it worse is that she thinks Heather has fallen in love with her secret crush, Rook. Ivy also begins to see bad omens and tries to warn Heather that she is in trouble, but Heather doesn’t listen.
To add to the gothic nature of this novel, there’s local lore of a madman who lives in the woods, Birch Markel. Birch was responsible for the death of a young girl 25 years previous, but was never apprehended by the local sheriff. When dead animals begin showing up around the Glen, Ivy worries that Birch is coming for her cousin.
And she’s not necessarily wrong.
What I Thought:
I was slightly disappointed, but that doesn’t mean that I stopped reading. I was too intrigued to not know what happened at the end. Plus, I’ve been reading pretty fast lately, so I figured it would be worth it to finish it in a few days, since it wouldn’t take me a week…
I’ll explain some of the disappointment as I go on with the review.