Book Title: Ultimate Sacrifice
Book Author: S.E. Green
Page Count: 175
Publishing Date: October 9th, 2017
Date Read: August 13, 2017
Synopsis: Vickie has always lived a quiet, ordinary life in an equally quiet and ordinary small town. Yet one fateful night a child turns up dead in the woods behind her house in a ritualistic slaughter. Vickie and her family are suddenly thrown into a national spotlight. But as the investigation unfolds, she begins to realize her family isn’t so ordinary after all. Evil is inching closer to those she holds dear and Vickie isn’t sure who she can ultimately trust.
So, I have done something fun and unique. I had received the ARC of this one a while back from Oftomes Publishing, and had written my review on it. I had signed up for the blog tour to continue to spread the word and decided that I was going to do a re-read of the book and review it from a re-readable (making that a word, yep) perspective. You can find my original review here.
Ultimate Sacrifice is creepy, mysterious, and mind-boggling. It is a perfect Halloween read and will have you guessing until the very end! This one is well written, has an intriguing, developed plot, and is full of insane twists and turns! It will have you on the edge of your seat with your heart pounding!
S.E. Green has done an outstanding job with developing this story. It has an immense amount of creepiness and surprise to it! The murder mystery clues are so well hidden that, even on a second read through, it is still difficult to determine who killed Michelle until the very end! Every character in the book is a suspect.
On a second read through I feel that the characters are a little more developed than I initially thought. They each have their own unique personalities that add depth to the story and the suspicion of the murder. Vicki is still my favorite because she is daring and brave and really tries to figure out who the murderer is and why the clues keep linking to loved ones around her. Kevin seems more authentic to me second time around and definitely added a layer of depth to the story that I did not see the first time. I still do not like Travis, but his actions make more sense to me after reading the book again too.
Though there were several clues layered within the story that alluded to the truth behind Michelle’s murder, I think it would take an extremely meticulous reader to pick them out and figure out the murder mystery before the ending of the book. Even with a second read through I could not pick out any particular details that pointed to the truth. The hints I found made more sense on second read through, but were definitely not obvious.
I have decided to raise my rating after reading this one through again. I really enjoyed the fact that it was re-readable and that the author spent so much time developing the plot, mystery, family drama, and powerful twists and turns that made this story so great! It was thrilling and creepy, with several satisfying horror scenes and suspicious characters. Make sure to read this one if you are looking for an October read with a high creep factor!
Thank you to Oftomes Publishing and Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.
S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of the thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. ULTIMATE SACRIFICE is her debut YA horror, due out October 2017.
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