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Black Flowers, White Lies

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Black Flowers, White Lies

BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES is an alarming book from Yvonne Ventresca. Following the life of a teenage girl living in the midst of supernatural events, this book will leave you with a feeling of unease.

Ella lost her father to a tragic car accident before she was born, but she has felt a powerful connection to him since the day she heard a man advise her to wait before crossing the street. Obeying the voice, Ella stopped walking, causing her mother to turn back for her. Moments later a vehicle came crashing down the street to the spot where they would have otherwise been. Wishing for a tighter bond with her father, Ella develops into a cat-lover and a vegan. Much to her mother’s dismay, Ella frequents the cemetery her father was buried, once leaving a muddy handprint on his headstone and always a single pebble for each visit.

"Ventresca produces a suspenseful and intriguing novel. Released just in time for Halloween,  BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES is perfect for people who want to enjoy a little fright but still want to be able to sleep at night."

After Ella’s mother remarries, Ella is left at home with her new step-brother, Blake, while their parents go to Paris for their honeymoon. During her mother’s absence, Ella’s life unravels when Blake convinces her her mother lied about the circumstances of her father’s death. When markings begin to appear on walls and a handprint matching that in the cemetery shows up on the bathroom mirror, Ella begins to question herself. Is her dad is trying to warn her of imminent danger? Or are these supernatural occurrences all in her head? But when new information surfaces, the pieces fall into place and Ella unearths the truth about a new person in her life.

Ventresca provides readers with a psychological thriller as Ella battles events believed to be only in her head. Ella is a well-developed character offering a multitude of traits. She is a strong female lead; intelligent, independent and passionate. I found it easy to connect with her because she was portrayed as a benevolent person willing to risk it all for those she cares for. The other characters were also well-written, especially Blake. Blake gave off a dangerous vibe from the beginning and he was completely unpredictable throughout the story. Unfortunately, I felt the plot fell short of my expectations. The plot had a lot of potential, but it lacked the parts that would have made the story complete. When the book ended, I was still left wondering why the protagonist made the decision to follow out with their actions. Overall, Ventresca produces a suspenseful and intriguing novel. Released just in time for Halloween,  BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES is perfect for people who want to enjoy a little fright but still want to be able to sleep at night.

Reviewed by Mikenzie Reed on October 17, 2016

Black Flowers, White Lies
by Yvonne Ventresca

  • Publication Date: October 4, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press
  • ISBN-10: 1510709886
  • ISBN-13: 9781510709881