Blurb (from Goodreads)
Darina is in denial. Even after all she’s been through, the Beautiful Dead can’t be real. They must be a figment of her grief-stricken imagination. But visions of Phoenix and Hunter prove otherwise and soon she’s drawn back to Foxton, to the barn, to Phoenix - where they have, what may just be, their final reunion.
It’s the moment they’ve been dreading - time to solve Phoenix’s mystery. Everything has been building to this but Darina knows that revealing the true circumstances of Phoenix’s death will lead to their final parting. With this impossible mixture of emotions, Darina begins to unscramble the facts, but she’s up against mounting obstacles: the distraction of Hunter’s personal mystery, Phoenix’s returning father, threats of gang violence and conspiracies to blur and block the truth.
With time pressure mounting and the risk of Phoenix being sent back into unending limbo, Darina puts herself in danger, and so the mystery of the Beautiful Dead builds into a heart-breaking climax ..
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
This is book 4 in the ‘beautiful dead’ series by Eden Maguire.
Darina has almost convinced herself that she imagined the Beautiful Dead, and that Phoenix is never coming back. Phoenix is returning though, with just days before the anniversary of his death, and the day by which Darina must have solved his murder.
The questions of course remain though; can Darina solve Phoenix’s murder? And how will she cope when she has to say goodbye forever?
I was interested to read this final instalment of the ‘beautiful dead’ series, as I wanted to know the answers to the above questions. After reading ‘Summer’ I was actually quite worried as to what Phoenix’s finally leaving would do to Darina who seemed to be in a quite fragile mental state.
Thankfully Darina seems to be coping masses better in this instalment, and although she obviously doesn’t want to leave Phoenix, she doesn’t seem on the verge of suicide either.
The storyline obviously revolves around finding Phoenix’s murderer, and the rest of the storyline revolves around the appearance of Phoenix’s father in town, and the trouble that Phoenix’s younger brother Zak is getting himself in with the local drug dealers.
To be honest I found the storyline a little lacking, and just a little too dull for the final book in a series.
I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story, but once again Phoenix’s murderer isn’t revealed until just pages from the end. I had kind-of guessed what had happened, but hadn’t fully worked out the killers motivation.
All in all this was an okay end to the series, although I was kind-of expecting a bit more of a breakdown from Darina, and a bit more of a storyline other than Phoenix’s murder.
6 out of 10.