Unnatural Deeds

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A novel of infatuation and obsession, Unnatural Deeds has an electrifying ending that readers won’t see coming.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can’t get enough of that rush.

Despite Vic’s loyalty to Andrew, she finds her life slowly entwining with Z’s. Soon she’s lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel Z’s secrets. Except Z’s not the only one with a past. Victoria’s hiding her own secrets, secrets that will come back to haunt her…and destroy everything in her path.

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Suzee

Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog is intense and dark.  If you are looking for a YA suspense novel, you must read this one!  It is extremely sad, the characters will break your heart and the plot will keep you guessing.

The characters in this novel are tormented and filled with angst, compete dysfunction packed into one private school.  The themes in this novel run deep, from deception and lies to family, anxiety and mental illness.  They left me haunted with “hows” and “whys” and “what ifs”.

Victoria Zell is awkward and doesn’t fit in at school.  She is the new kid, having previously been homeschooled, and has not built relationships with the other students.  Her saving grace is her boyfriend, Andrew, who is also homeschooled.  Then Zachary Zimmerman enters the scene.  Vic is no longer the new kid, Z is.  But Z fits in.  The other teens yearn to be noticed by him.  He is friendly, good looking and smart.   Oh, did I mention, he likes Vic.

The novel is structured and written in a clever manner that slowly allows the reader snippets about the murder without revealing too much.   Each chapter starts with a clipping from a newspaper article or parts of a police interview then goes into Vic’s narrative.

This is the first novel I’ve read by Cyn Balog and would highly recommend it.  If you are looking for a book that is unpredictable you will love this one.  I did not see the end coming!

4/5 stars

 

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