Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 8, 2014

Molly Pierce has a problem. She loses minutes, hours, even days and she is beginning to think she is losing her mind as well. When a car accident and death force Molly to start remembering her world beings unraveling and she has to take a look at who she is, and what has been happening during her missing time.

Usually I don’t like being in the dark during novels. There is a fine line between creating suspense and just being annoying, or worse gimmicky. Katrina Leno plays the line so perfectly! The reader finds out along with Molly about each plot twist and there was always the right ratio of answers coupled with new questions to keep the story driving.

And boy was the story driving! From the first chapter The Half Life of Molly Pierce consumed my life. I couldn’t stop thinking about what was happening to Molly, why she was losing time, who these new people in her life were to her. It was a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Okay, okay, so I might be overselling but I really did want to know what was happening!

What I loved about The Half Life of Molly Pierce was that there were times when I thought things would take a turn for the paranormal, but they never did. Leno’s novel was a total psychological contemporary thriller and the fact that it could have taken a turn for the paranormal but never did made me like it even more. Some of the most interesting things in life aren’t paranormal at all.

I also liked Molly. I admired her determination to find out the truth, even when doing so could really harm her. The supporting characters were also stellar, especially Molly’s siblings who were both supportive in their own ways. I love seeing sibling relationships in YA.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Half Life of Molly Pierce, the mystery was gripping, the characters were interesting, and it kept me up late turning pages. I will definitely be reading whatever Leno decides to write next!