The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude | Review

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The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude | ReviewThe May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Published by Clarion Books on May 3, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

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I was extremely looking forward to reading The May Queen Murders, but for some reason I didn’t enjoy it all that much. The story follows a girl named Ivy who lives in a town that has been haunted by murders in the past right after a young girl was named the May Queen.

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Years later, the town decides to host the May Day celebration again and this time, Ivy’s closest friend Heather is crowned only for her to disappear soon after.

Let me start this review off by saying that some scenes in this novel were extremely macabre. They were very graphic and violent at times with what happened to the different animals and people, so you definitely have to be able to bear reading that stuff in order to get through this book.

What I liked:

  • The town. There was just something so interesting about the small town that Ivy lived in. It was completely different than any other town that I’ve read about. They were very old school and were judged by other towns nearby because of how different they all were.
  • The town’s history. The town itself had gone through so much darkness in the past. I loved learning more about it throughout the novel.
  • Rook. I don’t know why, but he was honestly my favorite character. I liked him even more than the main protagonist. 
  • The scariness level. This book got so dark and I honestly loved that.

What I didn’t like:

  • The prologue. I still don’t understand why there was one, to be honest. Even though it was one of my favorite parts of the book, I feel like it didn’t need to have one.
  • The pacing. I felt like things happened pretty slow at times, which was a little bothersome. I actually found myself skimming a bit at the parts where nothing was really happening. 
  • The explosion at the end. Okay, so there wasn’t a literal explosion, but I felt like so much suddenly happened at the end! 
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I think that if you like thrillers with a twist that is extremely macabre then this is a book for you!

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  1. Ooh nice! I STILL need to read this one! I was intrigued with the thriller idea and plus the author is semi-local so I felt the need to try it out! I still need to try it out though! LOL! Glad to see you liked it for the most part even if it wasn't perfect! Recall reading a lot of that in past reviews. Nice review overall!!

  2. Bummer!! Most of the reviews I've seen were people that felt it didn't live up to expectations 🙁 I really really wanted to read it and now I'm like– MEH. I still think I'll give it a shot, but at least I'll be prepared. Great review, I love the way you made the setting sound.

  3. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much as you were expecting. Sadly, I've seen a lot of reviews that say the same. I was really looking forward to this one, but I'm worried it will be a letdown. I may borrow it from the library sometime. Great review!

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