**C/O Brenna Ehrlich/All Ages Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Placid Girl
Author: Brenna Ehrlich
Synopsis: Punk was created for the malcontents, something that loner and aspiring drummer Hallie understands all too well. Trapped in a boring suburban life – dysfunctional parents included! – Hallie drowns her angst in the angry songs of Haze, a masked musician who has not been heard from in five years. So naturally she’s surprised – and more than a little skeptical – when someone who seems to be Haze starts flirting with her via her favorite photo-sharing app. Is he who he says he is? What does he want from her? The questions only multiply when Hallie — along with bandmate Sarah and aspiring music journalist Steve — roadtrip to Haze’s comeback gig to unmask the reclusive musician once and for all.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: Oh wow. How do I even begin to review this book? It’s still floating around my head, but I can’t quite seem to pin down any particular feelings about this.
Okay. So this book centres around Hallie, who’s a drummer in a punk band with her best friend – who’s a total bitch by the way – and she’s totally obsessed with this other band, Haze. Don’t get me wrong though, she’s not a fanfiction-writing fangirl. She’s just really into this band and the lead singer who hides behind a mask. When someone called ZZZ messages her out of the blue, she’s intrigued, but soon it gets seriously dark and creepy.
When I was reading this, I kept having deja vu of reading ‘Gone Girl’, because it has a similar darkly creepy edge to it, that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I just couldn’t put it down, and ended up reading the whole book in one sitting. It starts off innocently enough, with Hallie and ZZZ exchanging poetic lyrics, but then he sends her a nude photo of himself, and from there, he just becomes more than just the innocent flirtation that Hallie expected.
The only thing I disliked about it was the way it ended. It was dragged out over the course of the novel, and then everything happened in the course of about five pages before it being over. A little anti-climactic, but that’s just my opinion.
The publishing date is August 25, and I fully say that you should go get it when it comes out, because I have a feeling this will be a bestseller just like Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ was.