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The Foxglove Killings

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Gramps 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
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Entangled Teen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC, and NetGalley.)

This was a YA murder mystery story, and I didn’t guess who the killer was.

Nova was an okay character, and she worked hard at her grandfather’s restaurant, but she was also lying to herself a bit when she said that she wasn’t interested in her best friend Alex, as she was totally in love with him!

The storyline in this dragged a bit for me, which put a bit of a da
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is hard not to jump at the chance to read a mystery in the young adult genre, simply because there are so few and even fewer that are actually written well and keep you guessing until the very end.

I am pleased to say, that Ms. Kelly succeed on both counts. Not only was this written well, with hints and foreshadowing along the way, but this did indeed, keep me guessing almost until the very end about what was really going on.

To say this was a pleasant surprise, would be putting it mildly.

Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't connect to any of the characters in this, So I didn't really like any of them.

I can't say that I loved this book, but it wasn't bad. There were times where it dragged slightly, but the majority of it was fine, and it managed to keep my interest.

Overall, An okay read.
Jen La Duca
I totally thought I had this one figured out! Towards the beginning third of the book I had a random thought on a suspect & thought it’d be a pretty good plotline to have this person be the killer but also thought for sure I was way out in left field. As the story progressed I started thinking, maybe I wasn’t wrong, and maybe the person I thought really IS the killer. Not because any of the clues were pointing this person’s way but because I had no other idea of who it could be! I thought this r ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, arc
**I was received an eBook copy of The Foxglove Killings through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.**

When I originally read the synopsis, I didn't know if I wanted to read it. I wanted to because it sounded so interesting and I love watching those crime shows. At the same time, knowing how big of a pansy I was, I knew I'd be scared if I read it. I got 5 pages in -- where the deer is discovered -- and I closed the book because then I started hearing noises and freaked the heck out. I tol
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ala-2015
I couldn't guess the killer so that was exciting. ...more
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
The review will be up sooner to the release date! :)
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
the first half was mostly romantic tension that was admittedly engaging and addicting to read, I was most definitely invested

the second half is where the mystery/thriller aspects come out which was also creepily slow and winding

i found the ending and the killer reveal to be quite good!! I was happily surprised!!

Liz Barnsley
I bought a copy of The Foxglove Killings off the back of a Goodreads recommendation and am so glad I did – not only is it a beautiful little hardback that will look good in the collection but it had a great story well told.

Nova lives in a small town year round – tourists invade in season – the summer kids or “cakes” as they are locally known have always had a fairly confrontational relationship with the residents – but when one of them goes missing and is later found murdered, Nova wonders just
Kat Heckenbach
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
OK, I can't fully give this a five-star rating, but I can't tell you why it didn't quite hit the mark without spoilers, and since this book is a *mystery* I consider it doubly wrong to include spoilers in a review.

That said, I really enjoyed this novel. I stayed up far too late last night so I could finish it--I just had to know the ending before I went to bed.

I thought Nova, for the most part, was a likable character. And the romance that developed flowed naturally in the story. The other rela
Out today!!! "Twisty-turny, full of intrigue and romance, and an ending that will keep you guessing until the last tense moment, The Foxglove Killings is an expert mystery perfect for fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars." --Glitter Magazine

TFK is also a Junior Library Guild selection.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Check out Chapter One of The Foxglove Killings here: ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Foxglove Killings is a suspenseful YA mystery set in a small town filled with unforgettable characters. Nova lives in a small tourist town with a huge divide between the rich visitors and the townies. Tensions have always been high between the vacationing kids (the cakes) and the kids who live in the town full-time, but they get even higher when one of the cakes ends up dead. Suddenly, fingers are getting pointed i
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
I'm not sure where to start with this one. I read what was probably my first YA thriller a couple months ago and absolutely loved it. It was The Creeping, if anyone wants to check that out. I picked this book up in hopes of finding another suspenseful thriller for the Halloween season.

I'm afraid this one didn't live up to my expectations. The story centers around a teenage girl named Nova (what even is that name?) and her group of friends as they attempt to unravel the mystery behind people and
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)

Wow. Color me impressed with The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly. It is full of mystery and suspense. It will keep you on your toes guessing and drive you crazy trying to figure it all out. Definitely a job well done.

The Foxglove Killings starts out with Nova and Alex walking through a park. They assume that their walk is going to be like any other day with nothing eventful going on, but they are wrong. They come across a mutilated deer. The body parts spread all around, the head put up for disp
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being a mystery novel and all that, I am going to go the mysterious route with my review for The Foxglove Killings... Wouldn't want to give anything away, now would I?! So, short and sweet and simple this go around y'all!

I was a little hesitant to try this one, even though I loved the sound of it. YA Mystery stories are very hit or miss with me. I don't mind knowing early on the "whodunit", but I at least want to be entertained, even after figuring things out. And yes, I did figure things out
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received an arc through Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.**

Gramps always said you could tell when something bad was coming. The air felt different. Still and thick. The crickets and the birds would stop chirping, too.
I hadn't heard a cricket all night.

The Foxgloves killings is a solid YA mystery. This whole book just carried this eerie, ominous feeling all the way through, and I loved every second of it. Set in a small town where series of murders don't normally occur, w
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I've not always had the greatest luck with mystery stories. I tend to always want to read them, but then I solve the mystery on my own and lose interest only to be correct with my suspicions in the end. That's why I try to stay away from them. However, when I saw The Foxglove Killings, I knew that there was something different about it. I'm quite glad that I made that realization.

The Foxglove Killings
Lexie Rodgers
The ​Foxglove Killings​ by Tara Kelly is an amazing, descriptive, and drama-filled book. I really, really recommend this book. I could never put it down it was such a page turner. The Foxglove Killings ​is about a girl named Nova who lives in a small town called Emerald Cove. She works in her grandfather's dinner, the cakes rich kids who vacation in Emerald Cove, make Nova’s life really difficult. Her only friend, Alex, is the only one the keep Nova sane. She recently found out she has a crush o ...more

"Some people have darkness inside them that most of us can’t comprehend"

Actual rating 3.5 stars

The first half was a bit slow, with all the dramas evolving around the town with the teens and their social issues. Put in some romance and the angst of teenage relationships and you would think this was just a mundane story about a small town mystery, But once you get past that, it becomes more interesting

I already had a good guess on the perpetrator but I needed the motive and of course how they ha
Kim Waters
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Review also at Pinker Than Fiction Reviews.

Tara Kelly has crafted an unnerving mystery that keeps you guessing until the end!

And I truly mean that because guess what? I didn't predict who the killer was! For that alone, I love The Foxglove Killings. Honestly, it doesn't happen often. Usually if it's not outright obvious there's some little clue that gives it away just that bit too early, but this time around I got to enjoy the revelation in the moment. And oh, how I did.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have mixed feelings for The Foxglove Killings. I love it and I hate it, all at the same time.

For most of her life, Nova has lived at Emerald Cove – she works at her grandfather's diner and has been friends with Alex Pace for years. Every summer, wealthy kids take a vacation at Emerald Cove and make life difficult for the lowly residents who
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Foxglove Killings is a new ya thriller/who done it story which we don’t see much of in ya. Crime/murder stories aren’t typically my thing but the synopsis of this one really caught my eye! I LOVED this book so much I was carrying it around everywhere, because I seriously could not wait to find out WHO was behind all the craziness. And let me tell you…I did not see the ending coming which is a huge plus. There is a whole lot of drama but the drama is what makes it so dang difficult to figure ...more
Unabridged Bookshelf
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Foxglove Killings had me on the edge of my seat from the first opening scene to the very last pages. I am so glad I picked up The Foxglove Killings; it is the perfect book to get back into mysteries and get myself in the mood for Halloween next month. While I loved the synopsis, I have had trouble reading anything lately. I was nervous that I was not going to be able to get into the story and mystery plot line and be able to devote my full attention to it. Most enjoyably that was not the cas ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review can be found at The Book Bratz

I've eyed this book for months now, and I was so excited to read it. I was even more excited when it was in the Entangled Teen newsletter and I could request it. I been on a mystery/thriller kick and I couldn't wait to feed this one to that burning monster.

Reasons why I DNFed it:

-I was only up to 35% and Amber just went missing. Plus, no one seemed overly concerned with the fact she just vanished. Her boyfriend was sad, but it was like they broke
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Foxglove Killings is a suspenseful murder mystery psychological YA thriller about a small town called Emerald Cove that has a rough trailer park on one side, and rich vacation homes on the other. Nova and her best friend Alex are from the run-down trailer park and after years of having snobby entitled rich kids abusing them each Summer, they had no idea that this Summer would change their lives forever. When the rich kids start to go missing and one-by-one their bodies turn up, Nova sets out ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
This was my first book by Tara Kelly and I really enjoyed it.

The Foxglove Killers is about Nova and some of the regulars at Emerald Cove and the "Cakes" who are the rich kids that are vacationing with their parents. The cakes are always picking on the regular kids and have done some pretty mean things to some of them.

Nova and her friend Alex run across a deer that is staged with a foxglove in it's mouth and Nova just feel that this might just be the beginning. Then the first teen is found dead w
Sierra the Nerdgirl
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't even know what to really say about this book. I have such conflicting emotions about this book, more leaning towards negative than positive. It was definitely not what I expected it to be. At times it seemed to connect more with the personal relationships going on in the book and their petty drama than the actual killings going on. For instance, all that nonsense with Nora and Alex just irked me. It seemed really irrelevant, and the entire "friendzone" situation is one that bothers me in ...more
Haniya Qamar
Jul 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
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From the start, thousands of questions start coming up. And you won't get the answers until the end. But to be honest, there was so much extra suspense that the story started to become irritating. And I never understood the "Foxglove flowers". There was so much anxiety. One of the enemies of Nova & Alex has been mysteriously killed and everyone suspects one person, Alex (Actually I suspected him too). The way the kids at school treat him is
K.M. Robinson
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ecopy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The Foxglove Killings was amazing. I admit, the beginning didn’t grab my attention, and had I not been reviewing it, I might have been tempted to set it aside. About a third of the way in though, I was really invested. Tara Kelly did a fantastic job giving us multiple options for killers, all of which could have been believable. I did figure it out early on, and I loved watching the breadcrumbs leading up to the big reveal. The m ...more
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Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author and one-girl-band by night, and a graphic designer, video producer, and photographer by day. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.

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