Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.
When a friend recommended this to me, I thought it looked interesting, but didn’t have any real desire to read it RIGHT NOW. It was one of those….maybe someday things. But I picked it up on a whim, and there was no looking back.
I loved Ashton and Willow. I loved their friendship. I loved how even though they were angry with each other, when they saw each other for the first time in years, they couldn’t stay away from each other. Their friendship was that strong. They still went out of their way to help and protect each other.
While the romance wasn’t the main focus, I still loved it. I got to watch long time friends fall in love, and rediscover their feelings. And throughout the book, you also got some insight to them as kids and young teenagers, and what their feelings were like, as observed by others. It just made me love them even more.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the mystery (since it IS the main storyline)….it was a good one. A little predictable, especially since the suspect pool was a small one, but it was still good. I figured out early on which person did it, but it was a good story to get to the reveal and find out the why behind it.
This is definitely a must read book!