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Dead Jealous

(Poppy Sinclair #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  76 reviews
People think of Mother Nature as a gentle lady. They forget that she's also Death...

Sixteen-year-old Poppy Sinclair believes in quantum particles, not tarot cards, in Dawkins, not druids. Last summer, in a boating accident in the Lake District, Poppy had a brush with death. But the girl she finds face down in Scariswater hasn't been so lucky. As she fights to discover the
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Orchard Books
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(Source: I won a copy of this book. Thanks to author Sharon Jones.)
16-year-old Poppy is at a Pagan festival to see her mother marry her new stepfather in a pagan traditional ceremony. Whilst having a paddle in the lake she discovers a dead body though, and while everyone else seems happy to label Beth’s death an accident, Poppy is sure that she was murdered.
What happened to Beth? What happened to her girlfriend? And is Poppy putting herself in danger investigating Beth’s death when everyone else
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before this year I never actively searched for mystery and thriller books, I never considered myself a crime lover or one who searched for secret evil societies - at least not in a "real world" setting, one without vampires or some other supernatural element. But this year changed it. I read one fantastic mystery-thriller book and I NEEDED more. Dead Jealous hits the mark for mystery, danger and suspense.

I really enjoyed Poppy's voice. She was a tad too trusting at times, but growing up visitin
Veronica Morfi
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid read with an interesting setting - a pagan fair. But it wasn't that exciting to be honest. Plot was a bit predictable, characters were a bit flat. So I will not be reading the next one any time soon, if ever.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, books-i-own
Wow. Actually astounded with how much I enjoyed this book. I don't normally seek out YA thrillers/crime books, but when the publishers where offering this little baby up for grabs to review, I couldn't say no. I'm glad I didn't. It was a great book, one that I actually couldn't put down!

I really very much liked everything about this book, especially Poppy, it was great being in her head, she's a great protagonist, one that you instantly like. You really just get swept up into the story and eve
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
What first caught my attention about this book is the title, because I really find horror/suspense/crime stories interesting. It's the plots and twists that keep me going. The first chapter, the first sentences, "It was a good place, a peaceful place. The kind of place where the past could lie, forever" , already grabbed my attention. And when I read the last sentences of the first chapter, "It was a good place for her. A peaceful place. A place to be forgotten", I knew I was already hooked. Cur ...more
Kirsty Bicknell
I cannot compare Dead Jealous to any other book I have read because, despite its romance, there has an eeriness which makes the story addictive and lingering.
Poppy seems depressed when we meet her, although her mother's hand-fasting is due to take place within the next few days. She is confused, torn between the Wiccan world of her mother and religious beliefs which her dad left the family for. Poppy is also struggling with being in love for the first time, with her best friend Michael, who she
Dec 22, 2012 added it
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Sarah Black
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Re-read needed for honest review.
Kate Ormand
A shadowy mystery with a touch of paranormal. Fresh and chilling! I'm looking forward to the next book.
Katriona Bee
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
YA mysteries are my not so guilty pleasure. Especially British ones. Don’t ask me why I love British YA mysteries so much. There’s just something wholesome and at the same time horrifying about them. If you've ever seen an episode of "Midsummer Murders" you might know what I mean. Sharon Jones’s Poppy Sinclair Mysteries, of which there exist only two which is a crying shame, are no exception. “Dead Jealous” was especially lovely. It’s set at the shores of fictional Lake Scariswater where Poppy i ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved this book! Read it in three sittings over 24 hours, I was hooked. I loved Poppy, she was refreshing and determined and the way she was written was beautiful. I loved the Pagan elements and for once the romance didn't annoy me!!
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
utterly in love with the characters I kinda wish it was first person narrative rather than 3rd but there are a million plot threads that make the 3rd person a necessity

Let’s start by saying that thank god this is a series. The characters are amazingly well developed and a little quirky. Teamed with a compelling story-line, Sharon Jones has managed to deliver a unique spin on the thriller genre.

Told in third person narrative, however, the focalization from Poppy’s and Michael’s perspective gives
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
How to describe Dead Jealous in a sentence: a dark, mysterious 'who did it?' with a dash of 'can you two get together already!' romance.

To be honest, it took a while for me to get into this book, but once I did, I found myself eagerly turning the pages to find out 'who did it'!

Poor Poppy. Things haven't been easy for her. Her parents divorced (she has a lot of issues with her dad), she almost died in a boating accident, she fell in love with her best friend who is dating someone else and now he
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actual rating - 3.5

The thing i liked the most in Dead Jealous was the main character, Poppy.

She could be a bit annoying when it came to Michael, and she was a bit slow on the uptake sometimes, but she was really funny.
Some of the things she came out with made me laugh - Her reaction to the wedding venue, and having a go at the police officer, especially.

The pacing in Dead Jealous did start to drag in the middle, but the ending made up for it.
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has so many twists and turns I couldn't put it down beautiful and fitting ending Loved It!
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Niamh Oshea
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-one-time-favs
This book was so scary!!! I couldn't put it down! It kept me at the edge of my seat... I felt so sorry for Poppy, a young girl going through all that! I can't wait to read the second book!!
Borderline Bookends
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Really enjoyable with a good plot, great pace, with good characterisation. Poppy is a great protagonist!
Roger Boyle
Dec 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had to get a "thriller" to pass some time in rehearsal, and this was cheap outside the bookshop. Once bitten ...

(Actually, it is aimed at "young adults", so no wonder I didn't respond well).

Implausible scenario, implausible characters, implausible behaviour, far too much explication, some terrible similes and metaphors. Young adults deserve better!

But I DID make a point of finishing it because I wanted to know what happened.
Thasiba Ahmed
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the mystery and the friendship in this book. I was recommenced this book by a friend of mine
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

"Your last card was Death, Poppy."

That moment gave me goosebumps and I was very scared for a minute. And then I realized how good Sharon Jones was because with a single line, she made me feel fear. Is this book good? Based on that and a whole lot more, I will wholeheartedly say YES.

Poppy doesn't share the same Pagan beliefs like her mother does, but when her paths cross with a girl who ended up dead in the lake the next morning and she's starting to see people tha
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Victoria of Hachette Children's Books for the ARC and to Sharon Jones for inviting me to her blog tour! Still, only honest opinions are welcome here so fret not as this in no way affected my views of the book! Because, heck yeah, Dead Jealous is fan-friggin-awesome!

Poppy Sinclair, although brought up in a pagan household, does not believe in it. She prefers logic and reason and thinks that science is the true dogma. She even named her dog af
Mar 08, 2017 added it
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Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I’m not normally one for contemporary thrillers, but this book intrigued me. The debut author, Sharon Jones was a winner of the SCWBI Undiscovered Voices competition in 2012, which I was able to read excerpts from online and I desperately wanted to read more of one of the winning entries.

From the prologue, my interest was captured. I wanted to know more. I needed to know more. Who was talking? Who was being buried? There was no turning back for
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
An impulse buy whilst travelling for work which turned out to be such a great read! Score! I am totally enjoying this thriller YA type of books with intermingling paranormal & romance bits in them [check my review on Banish]. Dead Jealous is an intriguing mystery which keeps you rooted in suspense from beginning to end.

The prologue was amazingly well done. It was captivating and I guarantee that it will poke your curious bone [if you have one]. It was somewhat on the creepy side and from a
Dead Jealous was a book that I won. This book cannot be described on how amazing the thrill and suspense is, especially when the whole mystery is being solved. As a reader we want to experience different feelings with different books, with some you will feel an excitement, sadness or an adrenaline rush but with others you just want to become a detective to solve some mysteries. (I guess you can tell how much I love Sherlock, the whole mystery part sucked me right in!!!!!)

Moving on, this book br
Shaz Goodwin
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dead Jealous takes place against the backdrop of the John Barleycorn pagan festival to celebrate Lughnasadh. Poppy and her family have attended this for years at Scariswater in the Lake District. Poppy’s mother and step-father will be having their handfasting ceremony too. We get to know a little of Poppy’s life, her family and Michael (long time best friend). Tariq comes onto the scene as the chip and burger van owner who helps Poppy out when she loses her money. Older than her, there is a sexu ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This book put me in mind of the Point Horror books and similar books I read when I was younger - though not the Horror High books, which were far too graphic for what were supposed to be books for young people.

I did quite like this book. I liked the elements of the paranormal and that there was still an air of mystery about the book. I felt that there were one or two questions left unans
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dead Jealous kicks off a great new mystery series, and introduces us to Poppy Sinclair, a veritable Nancy Drew for the modern age. It's a perfect blend of crime thriller, YA contemporary romance, with just an inkling of something ghostly going on to keep readers on their toes.

This fun story boasts all kind of uniqueness, starting with a setting that I've never come across before. The entire story takes place amidst all the curiousity and mysticism of a pagan festival. Poppy, who was raised surro
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