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ABOUT THE BOOK
MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr
Published by HarperCollins on September 16, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Provided by: Author
Rating: 4 stars
This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.
Melissa Marr’s MADE FOR YOU is an exciting and page-turning thriller. The story is dark and chilling, the killer is creepy and disturbing, and the mystery will keep you guessing. Told from multiple points of view, including the killer’s perspective, the author keeps things interesting by letting events unfold through more than just her main character Eva’s viewpoint.
The stage is quickly set when Eva Tilling is nearly killed by an unidentified stalker known only as Judge. What at first seems like a hit and run turns out to be the first in a series of murders which are revealed to be connected to Eva. While the killer’s motivation is his obsession with Eva, he claims he is following the Lord’s plan. And as his need to deliver his message to Eva grows so does the danger to Eva and her friends.
MADE FOR YOU adds an interesting twist to the typical mystery novel with Eva’s ability to foresee people’s deaths following her near-death “accident.” Not only does it make for a more suspenseful read, it gives the protagonist a way to catch the killer. And as it’s an unpredictable ability, and one that is not easily believable, it creates tension in the story for both characters and readers.
I was quite surprised by the level of creepiness in this read. I did not expect the murders to be as shocking and horrifying as they were. I did not expect to learn what I learned about the killer’s “inspiration” for what he did. And I did not expect there to be a religious element to this story. The author went well beyond the standard boundaries in YA to craft her spine-tingling tale.
I’m not the biggest fan of stories with “God made me do it” reasons for violence, but even with that as the driving force for the killer’s actions I found MADE FOR YOU to be a well-plotted, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read. And while I may have guessed who Judge was from the moment he was introduced, there was still some doubt and there were still plenty of questions needing answers to keep me engaged.
From its small-town Southern setting with its restrictive set of rules as regards its social hierarchy, to its somewhat diverse group of characters who feel bound by those rules, to the main character’s psychic ability that let’s her see people’s deaths, to the fanatical, obsessive, creepy stalker turned murderer, MADE FOR YOU is a captivating, if unsettling, mystery.