Sara Wilson Etienne
Release Date: February 2nd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Girl, Interrupted meets Beautiful Creatures in this fast-paced thriller
When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn’t expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she’s going crazy. Fast.
But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she’s come home. She’s even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.
Faye knows she’s the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can’t trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her – and the rest of the world too.
Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.
Harbinger was something else. And since that sentence won’t suffice as a valid review, let me explain.
Harbinger can’t be categorized. It takes place in a future where oil is scarce, trees are few, and people live in hatred. Sara Wilson Etienne has crafted a story more unique than you would have guessed.
The hints of paranormal are actually based on truth, as you’ll read in the Author’s Notes at the end of the 320 page book. The story twists and turns in confusing ways that, unlike most, won’t leave you hanging. Harbinger is a standalone and a debut you might just want to pick up.
Faye is an unusual girl. Her parents can’t even look her in the eye without shuddering and breaking contact. And the fact that she collects bones? Yet another reason why her parents send her off to Holbrook Academy. Stuck with a “Family” who’s as broken as her, Faye struggles for a way to break free. But mysterious happenings that occur when they least expect it have them all puzzled – and utterly afraid.
Despite the fact that I enjoyed Sara Wilson Etienne’s debut, there were quite a few parts where I just couldn’t understand what was happening. I’m guessing that was because of the mystery factor, but it did take away some of my overall enjoyment of the novel. That shouldn’t stop you from giving this one a try. Like I said earlier, Harbinger is something else.