ARC Review: The Foxglove Killings-Tara Kelly


Release Date: September 1, 2015

cooltext1889161239 copyGramps 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.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Entangled:Teen


  • You are into creepy murder mysteries
  • You love unexpected twists


  • The diary entries are sickening and terrifying. They come from a disturbed, desperate mind full of anger and resentment. They’re the kind of dark that makes you want to keep the light on. 
  • Mystery propels the plot forwards as the clues mount and the crimes get even more macabre. 
  • Bullying plays a central role in this story. The war between the cakes and the residents who don’t have money makes for disaster. They’re unhinged, crazed, violent, you never know what’s coming and everyone is out for blood. No one can be trusted. Some scenes are twisted and ominous. They’re made of sick human on human carnage. They thirst for humilation and retaliation. It’s even more distrubing than the murders themselves. How people can be so cruel and sadistic is truly horrifying. 
  • Relationships were real and complex. No fiery chemistry or epiphany where all the answers magically appear. It’s messy and painful and yeah, full of mistakes but whether it be between friends, family, etc., each interaction has an authentic ring to it. 
  • A twist that will leave you reeling. You’ll want to go back and read, to look for signs.


  • Why the foxgloves?
  • There were some intriguing stories that almost sound like campfire tales strewn within. They’re dark, chilling, and will make you feel a little paranoid. These colorful stories, had they been more focal, would have added another layer of uncertainty, fear, and foreboding to the story. 
  • How do you not immediately report something as disturbing as someone breaking into your room when you were sleeping? How do you not report being assaulted when there are witnesses? There’s so much crime and violence going unchecked that it grated on me. While it was chaotic and frightening, it made everything seem perilous and sinister, I couldn’t understand Nova’s constant need to push things aside. 

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2 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Foxglove Killings-Tara Kelly

  1. Olivia Emily says:

    I really enjoyed this book, but I totally agree with what you said about crime being unchecked – if someone broke into my room – or most people’s rooms, for that matter – at night i would report then instantly! Great review 🙂


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