Dead by Morning
“He was far scarier than any ghost could be. He was real, and he was a monster.”
Obsession is deadly. No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. She wishes more than anything to graduate but things don’t always go as planned. Luna quickly finds herself trapped in a web of lies and murders, spun by the least suspected person in her hometown. It’s not long before she realizes she’s being targeted by the person she despises most in the world. When Luna figures out who is behind the killings, things make a turn for the bizarre when she is contacted by a friend she has not heard from in years. It is then Luna realizes she is very much in danger, but although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.
“Some slight awareness in the back of her mind, beneath the pain, told her she was free.”
The Antagonist, Chance, is a sick and twisted individual, a narcissistic, evil killer with the personality of a charmer, a boy of your dreams. Or nightmares in Luna’s case. The moment we meet Chance he sends a shiver down your spine, he makes you feel uneasy and you feel for Luna the moment he starts his obsession with her. And obsessions are dangerous things, especially when such a guy like Chance is obsessing over you.
Luna is a great Protagonist with a strong inner-voice. She fought for what she believed and she made you feel for her and root for her all the way until you turned that last page. It takes a lot of skill as a writer to accomplish this feeling as a reader, and that is something that made me give this book five stars.
The Story was a perfect blend of genres. A thriller that kept you turning the pages, a psychological horror that made you lay at night wondering if you wanted to go to sleep. Dead By Morning offered the lot on a platter, and Kayla Krantz delivered it superbly. I believe she wrote the beginning of this series with a knife-edge to make you want to continue. The characters were interesting, the plot was well thought out and I thought a contained a good mixture of originality with good old fashion tropes that we all learn to love and enjoy.
I recommend this book, it is a page-turner that will keep you occupied and enjoyable to the very end, which makes you desperately want to pick up the next in this intriguing and dark series.
“He’s evil, and the only thing that stops evil is death.”