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{February 6, 2012}   {Review} Hushed by Kelley York

From Goodreads: He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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Opening with a murder, this novel grips the reader from the very first page as Archer exacts his revenge against one of the perpetrators of Vivian’s nightmare from so long ago.  This is an amazing tale of love and betrayal.  A twisted tale between right and wrong.  A deliciously dark tale focusing on the psyche of Archer as he battles against himself in hopes of redeeming Vivian.

I found Archer’s character to be extremely interesting.  His need for love is so strong that he’s completely blinded by Vivian’s true nature, believing that he can restore her to her old self through vengeance against those who hurt her.  And, although he is a killer, Archer is not necessarily a bad person.  His heart is in the right place, as twisted as that sounds, but he has been without love for so long that he’s lost himself along the way.  With the entrance of Evan, things begin to change for Archer, and the battle that rages inside him was extremely real and well written.

Authors who are able to make me feel alongside of the characters are ones I cherish, and York is, without a doubt, a fantastic writer.  While Archer struggles with his psyche, Vivian is completely off and she’s that character we love to hate.  I had so many vile thoughts about her as I read, I’m almost ashamed to admit it.  York definitely has characterization down to a tee as I felt like I was there alongside all of the action and my blood boiled on multiple occasions.  It truly takes a phenomenal author to do that.  Four stars.

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aikchien says:

Your review intrigues me. I think I’m going to give this book a try – it sounds amazing.



Pam says:

I have been wanting to read this book for awhile now. I’m really curious how the story turns out. Thank you for the great review! Like you, I like to feel the emotions of what I’m reading so from what you’ve said, I’m sure I would enjoy it as well.



yaay u read yaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
one of my 2011 Favorites/ more need 2 read it
rad review



I absolutely loved this book. Kelly did a great job bringing her characters to life and when I’m rooting for the serial killer…well that says a lot.



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