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By Travis Thrasher
Retail Price $14.99
Amazon Price: $11.30

Book Description: 

Brandon Jeffery’s summer started out with a bang—as in, a friend crashed his car and now he has to work two jobs to pay it off. It’s at Fascination Street Records that he’s introduced to a beautiful but quiet girl named Marvel. She’s new to Hidden Cove and looking for a summer job, so Brandon secretly strikes a deal with their boss to work for free so she can be hired.

When a classmate is found murdered, however, their summer takes a turn for the mysterious. Brandon’s friend Devon is sure he knows just who’s to blame: the creepy recluse of the town quarry. But the police have few leads, and Brandon has the sneaking suspicion he’s being watched.

That’s not what’s in the forefront of on his mind, though. More than trying to pay off his car to his unemployed, alcoholic father and protecting Seth Belcher from the school bullies, he’s determined to date Marvel. He doesn’t understand why they seem so close and she refuses to date him, but as the mystery behind her tragic past begins to unravel, Marvel finally confesses her reason: God has revealed she’s destined to die saving others—and it’s going to be soon.



Travis Thrasher is a gifted writer that pens stories in many different genres.  He has written love stories, adventure, mystery, and horror, And he’s good at them all. But where he really stands out from the crowd is his YA coming of age stories that he laces with just enough “creep” to make it interesting, but not overbearing.  You never know where his stories will take you and this one holds many twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

Thrasher also does a fantastic job creating a connection between the characters and the reader, giving the reader a vested interest. It is very easy to relate to them. Thrasher also knows how to build a novel based on suspense and mystery, making it nearly impossible to put the book down.

While this is a YA novel, it is appropriate for adults as well that enjoy a good murder mystery written from a Christian perspective.

~Reviewed by Josh O.



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