This was a great, suspenseful read that kept me guessing right up until the end. While I was able to make some of the connections early, the real twist wasn’t apparent until it was playing out on the pages. Then, I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.
Lily is a high school girl that lives a very privileged life. She has a nice house, a loving family and a world of opportunities laid at her feet. She’s a good student and prefers calm, quiet evenings at home to the drunken parties her best friend drags her to.
For months, Lily has been receiving a lily on her doorstep from her stalker. She knows that she’s being followed, but feels oddly comforted by her stalker’s presence. He’s never tried to hurt her or threaten her in any way.
One night at a party, Lily makes out with her hot stalker, J, during a game of seven minutes in heaven. From that point forward, the two begin a secret romance. She still hasn’t seen her stalker’s face, but she can’t deny the magnetic pull she feels toward him.
Told in alternating POV, it is apparent that J has a motive of revenge. He did not have the blessed life that Lily has had, but how the two are interconnected is a mystery. While it is clear that he does not have good intentions toward Lily, it is also evident that he is falling in love with her. J is fighting an internal battle, his sense of loyalty at odds with his feelings for Lily.
Although I enjoyed this story immensely, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I had some problems with this story. First off, I had a hard time buying Lily’s recklessness and stupidity. I mean, who runs around blindfolding themselves and meeting with their stalker in remote locations! It seemed out of character for such a “good girl” and was deserving of the TSTL title.
I also did start skimming some toward the middle. The build-up surrounding J’s identity seemed to go on forever. Right from the start, I knew that she was going to be kidnapped by him and I wanted to get to that part and see what happened. Unfortunately, there were times when I felt like I’d never get there. In my opinion, a lot of those pages could have been weeded out. It got redundant and tedious.
Overall, I give this one 3 1/2 stars, rounded up. It was a good story with a surprising twist. It kept me guessing the whole time.