Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary.
Extreme bad ass hot gal with zero social skills on the run from bad guys? Yes, please!! The story opens with the main character, Petty Moshen involved in an armed standoff with police investigating the death of her father. Raised almost completely outside of normal society, she has absolutely no idea how to interact with people. As she struggles with her new freedom, she’s thrown for one loop after another and quickly discovers that she might not be as “free” as she thought.
The awkward relationship that develops between Petty and Dekker, a local guy who’s only heard of this strange (but stunningly gorgeous) girl through small town rumors and gossip, forms the heart and authenticity of the story. He teaches her how to navigate through the everyday world she finds so confusing and she helps him tap into a courage and selflessness he didn’t know he possessed.
The story moves at a brisk pace with many twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing what’s real, what’s lies and who to trust. The author explores issues of family and love in both scary and heartwarming ways. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and it’s quirky characters. As a debut novel, this definitely sets a high bar. I’ve already purchased LS Hawker’s second novel Body and Bone. If it’s anywhere near as good, Hawker will be in serious danger of making my “must read everything by this author” list.
Design Dude cover design review: This is a great example of highly professional, well thought out book cover design. The main image has a direct connection to the title, a primary plot point and the climactic scene in the book. The bluish-gray tone of the image and silhouetted bare tree branches help communicate a bleak and scary emotional tone for potential readers with only a glance.
The all-caps title is set apart from the other cover typography by its position, larger size and bright white coloring making it exceptionally legible against the dark image. The smaller, red type used for the author name was also easy to read as it was properly placed against a lighter portion of the background image.
My only nitpick for the cover was the somewhat uninspiring choice of typeface. While this particular sharped-edged san serif does the job, I would have preferred something a little more contemporary to help reflect the cover's emotional mood. Also wasn't a big fan of the hard-edged drop shadows behind the type but that's a personal preference.
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