Summary - For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
Review - Having eagerly anticipated this novel for a few months, I found that the combination of gushing tweets and online reviews tainted my enjoyment of the book. I was expecting a story that would floor me with mystical undertones and a toe curling bad boy. That's not really what I found myself reading.
Bec Fitzpatrick has an intriguing concept in that of a fallen angel attempting to gain something out of his reach. Patch has an interesting back story, one that it set up cleanly in the prologue and then elaborated on later in the story. His current story wasn't all that interesting. He was provided with some smouldering looks, some cool life skills and a need to speak in creepy cliches and yet he didn't really become fully formed in my eyes. Many see him as the ideal bad boy but the depth of emotion wasn't present enough for me to engage with him. Declarations of loyalty and love felt a little off kilter with his actions. I never felt that he "loved" Nora, rather that he wanted or lusted after her.
As evident in the blogosphere, people have gravitated towards these characters. In my case, I found it hard to engage with the characters as I didn't feel that were well rounded or dynamic enough. Vee was a character that infuriated me on the pure basis of her reaction to an incident between Nora and a guy. It's not one that would be expected from any best friend, especially one who has been touted to be the best best friend ever. Nora herself is a little blah but that's how she's set up from the beginning. At times she resembled a blindfolded nincompoop as she wandered through the truly bizarre situations that were occurring to her. To be honest though, there is no good way to react to enforced visions, sleazoid boys and a couple of attempts on her life. She's got it rough. Her father has recently deceased, her mother works all the time and she's got one friend. Her grief at her father's recent death could have provided the character with a great grounding for the events that occur but it's never really explored.
Hush Hush has a fantastic premise, some action packed scenes filled with shadowy dread and a guy that makes most girls go weak at the knees. It's a fun read, one that takes one teen girl's grief, desertion and loneliness and takes it to a spooky place.
Published: November 2009
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Aust.
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