Review: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

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24000694Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Published by: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Rating: 3
Date Read: 19/10/2015
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Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Now in paperback!

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who re-enacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem — and the movies.

Famous Last Words is about a girl named Willa that is troubled and has a bad past and moves to Hollywood with her mom and her new Stepfather. A serial killer is going through Hollywood killing and staging young aspiring actresses. Willa starts seeing things and its up to her and her friend to find out who the killer is before it kills her.

Famous Last Words is a supernatural thriller with a creepy mix of a ghost, multiple murders, a serial killer, and the magic of Hollywood. The book starts off right away. The house has a drippy leak that doesn’t exists. There is a dead body in Willa’s swimming pool, which disappears as soon as Willa’s parents check on her. I loved the creepiness of intertwining the murders with old movie scenes, this is what brought Hollywood to the book.

Paranormal events happen almost out of nowhere, and there were definitely some parts that had me looking around the room. The combination of Willa’s visions along with the paranormal episodes helped drive the story and made it hard for me to put it down.

I wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did. Willa was relatable, real, and although she was going through a tough time, I liked her. I liked that she wasn’t perfect and that she had problems and issues and I liked even more that it wasn’t always easy to tell if what Willa saw and heard at night was real or just all in her head.

I liked that this book wasn’t focused on a romance, although there is one, it wasn’t the main focus, the story was mainly focused on the serial killer, and the disturbances that were happening at home with Willa. The romance never took away from the story but instead just added another layer of depth.

Overall, this was a great mystery book. I really enjoyed this book. It has great characters and a rich storyline and enough susupence to keep you reading.

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2 Responses to Review: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

  1. I really liked The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall and was thinking about reading more books by Katie Alender. Nice review! I definitely want to check this one out. Have you read any other books by this author?

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