The Foxglove Killings Review

The Foxglove Killings ReviewThe Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
Published by Entangled: Teen on September 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 320

Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself — and Alex.

The Foxglove Killings is a new ya thriller/who done it story which we don’t see much of in ya. Crime/murder stories aren’t typically my thing but the synopsis of this one really caught my eye! I LOVED this book so much I was carrying it around everywhere, because I seriously could not wait to find out WHO was behind all the craziness. And let me tell you…I did not see the ending coming which is a huge plus. There is a whole lot of drama but the drama is what makes it so dang difficult to figure out who is behind everything. You have the rich kids known as the Cakes on one side of town, and the poorer ones on the other side. There is a lot of fighting between the two sides and when murders start happening people start blaming without hard evidence which creates even more of a mystery to unravel. Pretty much everyone seems to have some sort of motive.

Nova has been getting creepy letters even at work at the diner. Someone writes messages on her window while she sleeps. And people go missing after a deer is found dead with foxglove in its mouth. On top of all that craziness, Nova’s best friend Alex has completely changed and isn’t acting like himself. Nova wants to be a detective eventually and so she is determined to figure out what is going on with the help of her enemy Jenika. The problem is everyone is starting to believe that Alex is behind the murders especially the Cakes; however, Nova and Jenika just can’t believe he is capable of such cruelty even though there are some things that make him seem highly suspect.

Aside from the mystery aspect, one thing I really loved about this book is that it read more like a maturer ya book. The crime scenes were quite brutal and pretty detailed, there’s a ton of cussing, and it just seemed different from typical ya’s. I know that some people may not like that but I have to say I liked that the main character didn’t seem overly immature for her age.

Even if crime novels isn’t your cup of tea I really recommend The Foxglove Killings because:


9 times out of 10 I am able to predict “who done it” in the very beginning.  I did not see the ending coming even if it had hit me over the head I still don’t think I would have figured it out. That’s not to say you won’t figure it out too early, but I think the mystery part of the plot is genius.


This book hooked me and did not let go until the end! I have had a huge problem getting into ya books here lately, and I was so surprised and happy that this one kept me flipping the pages!


A lot times within ya parents are in lala-land and they really don’t have any concern (maybe because they are oblivious?) about the protagonists. However, in this book, you can you tell Nova’s mom cares about her without being extremely overbearing and annoying. Although her dad is a different story….

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Overall: four-half-stars


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2 comments for “The Foxglove Killings Review

  1. Ahh this looks creepy but SO GOOD XD I don’t generally read mystery thrillers but I totally should! Great review!

    1. Samantha

      It is a little creepy but really good! I think this one would be a good one to start with getting into thrillers. ;)

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