Author: Elizabeth Woods
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: 1.4.2011
Genre: Contemporary YA
Keywords: Suspense, Mystery, Murder, Friendship
Description (from arc):
What are best friends for?
Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they’re not really her friends. She tries to avoid the popular girls who, after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria, endlessly torture her, calling her Choker. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her.
Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe’s on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara’s life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and confidence, and the next thing she knows, she’s getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she can talk about everything with her BFF.
But just as quickly as Cara’s life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect – including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when Cara’s at school. You’re supposed to trust your best friend no matter what… but what if she turns into a total stranger?
Whoa. CHOKER is a mere 233 pages, but each and every page contributes to a conclusion that left me completely speechless.
Elizabeth Woods makes her debut with CHOKER which, at first, seems like a fairly routine story about a girl reunited with her evil, homocidal best friend. Much to my surprise, there is waaaay more going on than I ever would have guessed… Unfortunately, it’s impossible to give details without spoiling the novel, so I suppose that means that you’ll just have to read it for yourself!
CHOKER is one of the creepiest novels I’ve ever read. I’m not much for scary stories, especially when they involve realistic murders and killings that could actually happen. Woods kept the gore and gruesome detail to a minimum, for which I was grateful. There was just enough description to cause a few goosebumps and I didn’t have to sleep with the light on after finishing.
I highly suggest picking up CHOKER and, if it all possible, refrain from reading spoilery reviews… CHOKER is one of those novels that packs the most punch when you have no idea what’s going to happen next!