Pegasus - 2013
There is Julia Stilwell, a shy, naive, college freshman who spent some time in an institution after the death of her brother for which she bears some guilt. There's Sam Blount, a weird guy twice Julia's age who works on campus and is obsessed with Julia. Sam has a mysterious past he is hiding. He's also the first guy Julia has ever had sex with. Marcus is also a student at the college, who shares Julia's interest in music. The two become friends. Marcus is also shy and infatuated with Julia, and when he learns about Sam, he is quick to anger and suspicion. Marcus is also hiding a secret.
Around campus there have been some hair raising incidents and two students have been raped. Clues make you wonder whether one of Julia's male friends could be responsible?
Told in alternating points of view, and very short chapters makes The Preservationist a very quick and pulsating read. There isn't a lot of character development, and honestly there are no characters you'll warm up to, but the real excitement is just trying to guess who the most deranged of the bunch really is. Julia makes some stupid decisions without giving them much though, but despite that, this is a novel that kept me riveted. A perfect psychological thriller for when you feel like a quick read, but are short on reading time.
4.5/5 stars (review copy)