Title: Death and the Girl Next Door
Author: Darynda Jones
Published: St Martin's Griffin 2012
Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors
years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by
her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei
is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never
coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.
High school is not quite
as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they
can be. Until the day the school's designated loner,
Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects
it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things
get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared
Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other
and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared
know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have
Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for
real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first
foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next
So, What did I think?
I thought Death and the Girl Next Door was just as good if not better than the First Grave on the Right.
In DGND, Jones plays more on the younger adult side with a little less steam and a little more paranormal. I'm not one for summing up what has already been said, so I won't go in to the details of the book. I will say, however, that the characters are well worth reading about and I am super excited to read the sequel, Death, Doom and Detention coming out in March of 2013.