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Title: Dead Jealous
Series: Poppy Sinclair #1
Author: Sharon Jones
Publisher: Orchard
Publication Date: 4 July 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

People think of Mother Nature as a gentle lady. They forget that she’s also Death…Sixteen-year-old Poppy Sinclair believes in quantum particles, not tarot cards, in Dawkins, not druids. Last summer, in a boating accident in the Lake District, Poppy had a brush with death. But the girl she finds face down in Scariswater hasn’t been so lucky. As she fights to discover the truth behind what she believes is murder, Poppy is forced to concede that people and things are not always what they seem and, slipping ever deeper into a web of lies, jealousy and heart-stopping danger, she comes to realise – too late – that the one thing that can save her has been right there, all the time.

REVIEW 

Let’s start by saying that thank god this is a series. The characters are amazingly well developed and a little quirky. Teamed with a compelling story-line, Sharon Jones has managed to deliver a unique spin on the thriller genre.

Told in third person narrative, however, the focalization from Poppy’s and Michael’s perspective gives it that first person feel while the third person enables tight control of the multi-layered plot. Where the use of a third person narrative generally means the story will be plot driven, Dead Jealous manages to balance plot and character development perfectly.

The use of native american/druid/pagan believes woven with complimentary therapies and spiritualism provided an interesting backdrop to the main events of the plot. Being a trained complimentary therapist and spiritualist myself the things included within the plot were extremely well researched adding credibility to the story as a whole. The sensory encompassing descriptions brought the scenes to vivid life within the imagination.

It is so difficult to write a review when there are so many scintillating plot twists scattered through the story and you know if you mention any of them you are going to spoil the effect for other readers. Therefore, I am going to refrain from going into depth about the plot.  I will say that there a tantalizing tidbits scattered throughout the book that had me jumping to all sorts of conclusions as I was reading.

The emotions the relationships within the story provoked were not something I was expecting from a ‘thriller’. The dilemma Poppy faced when dealing with her feelings for her best friend; watching him with another girl and hiding her true feelings; afraid to lose her best friend while being torn apart witnessing him with someone else. All of these tugged on the heartstrings, real, raw emotions flowed through the pages. I also have to mention how much I loved the open relationship Poppy had with her mother. I also kinda had a thing for Tariq 😉 You’ll have to read it!!!!

I have theories about Poppy that I am desperate to confirm; I’ve tried bribing Sharon with cookies but she said she’d have the cookies but remain tight lipped (no point in cookies then :P). The second book Dead Silent is due out in February & I for one have added it to my many lists, I cannot wait to see if my suspicions are correct 🙂