Synopsis: Tia Lugo has a deadly secret.
Tia Lugo considers herself an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl. She just wants to enjoy the end of summer, which means hanging out with her best friend and neighbor, Julius, and ignoring her Puerto Rican grandmother’s embarrassing reliance on creepy candles, weird-smelling herb bundles, and eerie statues—all available for sale at the nearby botánica. But when Tia witnesses a murder late one night from her bedroom window, everything changes in an instant.
Now, Tia is terrified to tell anyone what she’s seen. What if the killer comes after her too? He knows where she lives. Even worse, Tia believes he’s sending her secret messages, reminding her to stay quiet. Desperate to keep herself and her family safe, Tia turns to the last place she ever thought she’d go: her grandmother’s favorite shopping spot, the botánica.
Release Date: 17th August 2021
Format Read: Ebook
Genres: Middle Grade, Diversity, Suspense, Horror, Thriller, Mythology (Carribbean & Latin American)
Thank you so much to Jolly Fish Press for the Earc to read and review.
Review: Tia sees a horrific incident right outside her window late one night and is threatened by the killer not to tell anyone. She becomes fear ridden, paranoid, scared, suspicious and guilty for not telling. The incident changes who she is forever.
I loved Tia she was such an amazing and important character we don’t get many characters like this in MG books but we should. She is first a Latin girl and secondly she has Asthma. Her asthma though doesn’t divine her, it doesn’t change the way she is treated by anyone, it’s simply a part of who she is. I loved that, we need more representation of illnesses being part of natural life in stories.
The story is such an interesting thriller, from when you first are with Tia witnessing what she sees, to the threats looming over young Tia and you become suspicious with her, all until the plot twisting very end it grips you wanting to solve who it is with the story.
I loved the use of the botanical store and how much her Gran believed in it all, in its healing and safety it’s brings. As in life though there were mean children bullying Tia, branding her a witch because of her grandma’s use of the botanical products and also mentions kids bullying her best friend for his speech impediment.
This was a really great suspense thriller book, with great characters leading you through the story, and fun but scary horror to unravel, an amazing best friend who knows Tia better than anyone, and so many suspects to keep your guesses going. If you are looking for a really cleverly thought out horror, suspense, thriller middle grade book then I recommend you give this a read.
Where to Buy: Jolly Fish Press, North Star Editions, BookShop, IndieBound, Amazon USA, BookDepository, Amazon UK,
About Author: Danette Vigilante grew up in the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, New York. She now resides in Staten Island with her family, sweet pup, and an elderly cat who has just learned to meow. Danette is the author of The Trouble with a Half Moon, a 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers award nominee, and Saving Baby Doe, a 2014 pick for the New York Public Library 100 titles for Reading and Sharing list. Danette encourages literacy in her community via a Little Free Library installed on her front lawn.