Friday, August 9, 2013

Book Review: Henry Franks

A dark, psychological thriller about a boy's search for himself.

Four thousand, three hundred and seventeen stitches, his father had told him once. All the King's horses and all the King's men had put Henry Franks back together again.

One year ago, a terrible accident robbed Henry Franks of his mother and his memories. The past sixteen years have vanished. All he has now are scars and a distant father—the only one who can tell Henry who he is.

If he could trust his father.

Can his nightmares—a sweet little girl calling him Daddy, murderous urges, dead bodies—help him remember?

While a serial killer stalks their small Georgia town, Henry unearths the bitter truth behind his mother’s death—and the terrifying secrets of his own dark past.

Sometimes, the only thing worse than forgetting is remembering.

What a creepy little book! I think it was what I was searching for, because it’s different from most YA books out there at the moment. (And because I love anything psychological—books, movies, etc.)

There was so much going on in this book, I don’t even know where to begin. The main character, Henry Franks, suffers from amnesia following a car accident that claimed his mother’s life. He regularly visits a psychologist in hopes that, one day, he’ll remember who he was before the crash. Mix all of this with the fact that he has a major crush on Justine, the girl next door, who is the only person at school giving him the time of day. His father is a physician who is hardly ever home, and when he is, he doesn’t say much or retires to his room. And there’s a serial killer on the loose as a hurricane nears the coast.


Okay, so it doesn’t seem that overwhelming when you’re reading the book, but there’s definitely a lot packed into a short amount of pages. I loved that I thought I had everything figured out, and I was right to a certain degree, but oh man…that ending was something else! I definitely didn’t see it coming, and that’s what I love most about mysteries/thrillers—the good ones keep you guessing and hold your attention without letting go.

Overall, if you’re looking for a departure from the typical YA books out there right now, or if you love a good psychological thriller/mystery, then I recommend picking up this book.

**ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley


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