Misty is a one-girl disaster zone. Born with a Savant 'gift' that means she can never tell a lie, her compulsive truth-telling gets her into trouble wherever she goes.
So when she meets Alex: gorgeous, confident, and impossibly charming, Misty instantly resolves to keep her distance . . . Someone so perfect could never be hers, surely?
But a dark shadow has fallen across the Savant community. A serial killer is stalking young people who have these special mental powers. Soon one of them will be taken to the edge of death . . . and beyond.
It's been a long time waiting for this one, at least it was for me. There were still three Benedict brothers without a soulfinder, so I was anxiously looking forward to this moment. I'm so happy we're getting more books and also love the fact that we're branching out somewhat.
For those of you who've read the previous books, Misty is Crystal's younger niece. So it was definitely fun to get to know that family better, though a family tree might have come in handy once in a while. There are sometimes just too many names, and currently not important enough to remember them well. Therefor I mostly focused on Misty, Alex and the Benedict branch. They are the most important.
Misty's gift is a very interesting one. She can never lie and always knows when someone else is lying. Plus when she loses control over her power, people around her start speaking the truth without wanting to. While it's not necessarily a bad gift to have, it has put her in a lot of awkward and uncomfortable situations. Even after all these years she still hasn't come to terms with it, as she only sees the negative parts.
Alex is quite the opposite from Misty. He's all about charm and convincing people. Though being near Misty brings him out of his element and he doesn't like it for one second. Her power cancels out his, so it seems they both prefer not to be too close together. Still fate tends to tell them something different.
While Misty and Alex explore this connection between them, there is also a serial killer on the loose, with a special interest in savants. The threat doesn't seem too scary, until they find out who the next victim might be. Overall there is a lot of stress and pressure going on, just waiting for it all to explode.
Another great addition to the Benedicts series. I just love the family dynamic in these stories and how outsiders get brought in. The two main characters were interesting. Misty was very easy to relate and I freaking loved her humer. At times she was indeed a bit too self deprivating and has a tendency towards the dramatic, but she's still a teenager so that's quite normal. Alex was totally different from Misty and that made the dynamic between them very interesting. You can consider him, I wouldn't say perfect, rather well put together. He's confidence is great, but he's still somewhat jealous of Misty as she has family. It was entertaining to see it all unfold.
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She was born in March 1969 in London and grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. She read English at the University of Cambridge.
Golding lives in Oxford and works as a freelance writer. She is married with three children.
In 2007 she was selected by Waterstone's as one of the 25 Authors of the Future.
Golding also publishes under two pen names: Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards.