Death and the Girl Next Door : Darklight

  • by Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by Lorelei King
  • Series: Darklight
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times best-selling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling young adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors.
Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.
Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy - terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach - comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?
Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones' first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.


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PG-13 version of Darynda's snarky writing

4 1/2 Stars

I love the fact that Darynda has decided to write a YA series. There are so many of us that LOVE the Charley Davidson series, but since it is a little graphic in places, it's not really appropriate for younger teens to read. Death and the Girl Next Door, the first book in the Darklight series is perfect for those who want a PG-13 version of Darynda's snarky writing. But with a new series there is the obvious drawback - having to wait months until the next installment.

Being a Darynda Jones fangirl, I dove head first into Death and the Girl Next Door with the unwavering knowledge that I was going to LOVE every page. Now that I have finished the book I can officially say, I loved it - but not every last page. There is a point (about midway) when the forward momentum of the story seemed to stall a bit. This doesn't last for long before the pace picks up again. Just when I had pretty much figured out what was going on, another layer got added to the story! This made the end of the book hard to deal with - not because the story didn't have an awesome cliffhanger, but it made it hard BECAUSE there was an awesome cliffhanger.

Let me not forget about the narrator, Lorelei King. What can I say? Darynda Jones and Lorelei King make an awesome pair!! I can't imagine any of her books narrated by anyone else.

*Sigh* I am not going to dwell on the fact that I have to wait five months until Death, Doom and Detention, I am just going to start counting the days until Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet is released.
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- KLeaHudson

Great Book!!

If you liked the "Twilight" saga, then I think you will also like this one. While this is not about vamipres or werewolves, it does remind me of Twilight. One girl caught between 2 guys and which will she pick. It is a different look at Archangles and the Grim Reaper. I like that Darynda Jones has combined them into the same being. Ms. Jones has developed an interesting story and a great supporting cast. While this book is in the first person (Lorelei) it does not take away from the story. I eagerly await the next book in this story as well as the next in her "Grave" series.
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- Kathy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio