Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens – ARC Review

 

My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  3 March 2019

Format: E-Arc

Pages: 368

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source:  NetGalley

 

Blurb

The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?

 

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of The June Boys, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

 

Thea’s cousin Aulus is missing and she’s sure he’s been taken by the Gemini Thief. A serial kidnapper who takes and holds boys captive for just over a year.  When her boyfriend asks her if she would turn in the culprit if she knew who they were, the answer is obvious – of course she would.  But as they dig deeper into the mystery, a few too many clues point to her own father.  A father she loves, but knows all too well just how secretive he can be.

Told in alternating chapters between the captive lives of Aulus and the other June Boys, and Thea’s desperate hunt for the kidnapper, this was a unique and harrowing story.  The kidnapper’s identity wasn’t the only big reveal in The June Boys and I loved trying to piece together the puzzle throughout the book.  I really appreciated the inclusion of Aulus’s story, which was narrated via letters he was writing, while held by the kidnapper.  It gave the story such a tense feel, knowing how the boys were trying to survive and the way their time was running out.

The E-ARC was a little hard to read as I assume the finished copy will have images showing the letters, and these images broke up the text in the e-book, causing some of the paragraphs to be a little jumbled up.  In saying that, I think the images will really lend something to the finished copy though.

The characters in The June Boys were fantastic and really made the book (something that I find is sometimes lacking in mystery novels).  Thea’s relationships with not only her boyfriend but best friend, cousin and other friends had me just as invested in their plight as the kidnapped boys.

I’d highly recommend this one if you’re a fan of YA thrillers and mysteries!

 

 

 

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