Hush Hush: a book review by Tanya Jefferies

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Hush Hush is a young adult fiction novel by Becca Fitzpatrick, falling under the romance, fantasy genre. The story is told from the point of view of high school student Nora Grey, a responsible, smart and sensible girl. She has an outspoken, witty, slightly immature best friend Vee.

Nora is assigned a new biology partner, Patch, a dark mysterious boy that puts her on edge immediately. There is an undeniable connection between the two but she refuses to give into him, not wanting to ignore her instincts that he is hiding something. Then she meets the private school transfer, Elliot and his friend Jules. While Elliot is a nice, good looking boy, his friend, Jules is arrogant and aloof.

However, she being stalked by a masked, hooded figure. A presence that she cannot explain to anyone. On rain soaked  night, driving home from Vee’s,  the figure smashes into Nora’s car, causing her to skid to a halt. The hooded figure gets up and tries to smash the window, then attempts to pry the door off the car, almost successfully before Nora starts the car and screams off. When she arrives back at Vee’s, she assesses the damage to the car, the buckled driver’s door, smashed windscreen, damaged bonnet; but when she brings Vee outside to see the damage, the car is in perfect condition! She starts to begin she imagined what happened and decides to not tell Vee about the hooded figure.

Throughout the book, this hooded figure stalks her and attempts attacks on her. Whilst trying to figure out who it is and why they want to hurt her, she is trying to figure out what Patch’s secret is, and trying to keep her emotions in check around him, which she finds increasingly difficult. He is constantly leaving her flustered, frustrated and tongue tied. Nora spends a lot of her time trying to figure out who is after her, and what Patch is hiding.

The further she delves into the mysterious hooded figure, and Patches past, the more questions she has. Is Elliot hiding something as well? Why doesn’t Patch have a school file? What are the inexplicable scars on Patch’s back? Is she imagining everything that is happening or is something more sinister going on? The book keeps you guessing until the very end, with twists throughout. It’s a book that keeps you turning the page, desperate to find out who is after her and wanting more intense passion between Nora and Patch. It doesn’t disappoint in the romance department, and certainly doesn’t disappoint in the supernatural genre. The story is so creative and interesting and isn’t confusing. There are three sequels to Hush Hush, Crescendo, Silence and Finale.

For anyone who is interested in romance and fantasy, this is the book for you.

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