My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
When she signs up for a camping trip deep in the Appalachians, Sera is just looking to tick off a requirement for graduation. But when she and her campmates wake up one morning to find one teacher dead and another drugged, it becomes a matter not of graduating, but surviving.
To make matters worse there are mysterious words written on each of the survivors’ arms.
Damaged is Sera’s bunkmate, a girl with a haunted look and mysterious bruises.
Deceptive is the rich boy who seems to think he’s better than the others, even in the middle of nowhere.
Dangerous is for the boy Sera might have feelings for, despite his violent past.
Darling is Sera’s own word, inked blackly on her arm.
Each morning brings something worse; bears lured into their campsite, stick dolls dressed as themselves acting out a murder, and their favorite foods packed in a cooler and left for them. Similarities between their situation and a story they thought was only an urban legend become too much to bear, and the countdown outside their tent each morning is winding down to zero.