Friday, 16 March 2012

Review: Poison Heart - S.B. Hayes

Poison Heart by S.B. Hayes, published by Quercus on 1st March 2012

Goodreads synopsis:
A mysterious girl, with luminous green eyes, stares back and from that moment on she haunts Katy and appears to know her every move, even what she is thinking. What is the strange connection between them? And what is the power of the emerald pendant which the girl bestows on her?

Very creepy and unsettling, 'Poison Heart' kept me guessing right up until the end.  I love books which are slow burners until they suddenly throw a huge curveball at you which makes you rethink everything you thought you knew - this is definitely one of those books.

Katy believes that Genevieve is out to steal her life - her friends and her boyfriend Merlin.  She sets out to discover the truth about her nemesis with the help of Luke, the boy next door who she's literally grown up with.  As the story progresses Genevieve gets more and more stalkerish to the point that Katy starts to feel that she could be in great danger. 

A brilliant read, I couldn't put this book down because I was desperate to find out the secret that new girl Genevieve was concealing.  When it finally came, the twist was clever and made my jaw drop.  It turned everything on it's head and wasn't predictable in the slightest.  What I also really liked was that you never knew whether or not Genevieve could be trusted.  Is she really evil or is Katy the one losing her mind and being overly paranoid?

The friendship between Katy and Luke was another thing I loved about the story.  It did however seem blindingly obvious to me (although not to Katy) that he was interested in being more than just friends with her. 

Fiendisly clever, I was very impressed with this enjoyable debut.  It was well plotted, gripping and a fabulous read.


  1. I just got this one yesterday and I am rather excited by it.

  2. Sounds like a really interesting book :) I might pick it up next time I'm book shopping!


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