Title: Famous Last Words
Author: Katie Alender
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Point, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Do you like ghost stories? Hollywood? Creepy thrillers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Famous Last Words is for you! (I know, I know, I have lame delivery.) Willa and her mother have left everything behind to move to Hollywood after her mother's marriage to a famous director, and that's the least of her issues. Mysterious visions have been cropping up, and she wonders if she's going crazy, as they're connected to "The Hollywood Killer", a psychopathic serial killer who likes to imitate famous movies. I liked the way the horror element was for the most part at the forefront of the novel
I've been a fan of Alender's work since I purchased the first book in a series, Bad Girls Don't Die, and this book didn't disappoint. I highly enjoyed it--The combination of thrills and old-Hollywood glamor were to die for. And then there's Willa herself, a highly snarky protagonist, who just might be going crazy. She's seeing visions, writing on the walls (literally) and she is drawn into the mystery. The pacing of Famous Last Words was great, too--I couldn't stop turning pages, trying to figure out who the killer was.
Sometimes, though, Willa's obsession with her father's death made me want to groan--she seemed so emo about it and it took the focus off of the actual story.
The bottom line: A highly enjoyable novel, though at times bogged down by the main character! Next on deck: Eternal Neverland: Steps Before the Fall by Natasha Rogue!