I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.He'll Be Waiting by Liz Alterman
Published by Willow River Press on April 2, 2021
Genres: YA Thriller
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
There are no safe spaces…
When Tess Porter agrees to pick up her boyfriend’s college pal at the airport on a snowy December night, she has no idea she’s about to embark on the most dangerous ride of her life. Two days later, the 17-year-old wakes up in a hospital with broken bones, and unable to remember how she got there. Her parents are acting strangely, and neither James, her boyfriend, nor her best friend Izzy has visited. As she struggles to physically recover, Tess wrestles with haunting questions: What happened? Will her memory ever return? and what if she’s better off not recalling any of it?
This was such a good thriller! It kept me guessing and wondering for so long, that I felt like I was Tess trying to figure things out. It had a lot of good twists, one I kind of thought, maybe? But others that I built up in my mind, and was so glad when they didn’t happen. If I hadn’t been back to work when I started reading this, I might have stayed up all night to read straight through because the suspense and needing to know just what happened to Tess kept me hanging and turning pages (digitally, but still). One part I also really really liked about this is how it didn’t end at the point I thought it would. We got a really good wrap-up as well as seeing what Tess’s life would be like after she got out of the hospital and went back to school. And things weren’t just all perfect and back to normal once things were figured out, it was very realistic in how things unfolded and how Tess’s life began to turn into its new normal. Such a great story, I can’t wait to share with my students!
About the Author:
Liz Alterman lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, McSweeney’s, and other publications. He’ll Be Waiting is her first young adult novel. When she isn’t writing, she spends most days microwaving the same cup of coffee and looking up synonyms.
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