by Justine Musk - Released 2007
Backcover Synopsis: Kelly Ruland's world fell apart when her brother Jasper walked away the sole survivor of a car accident...and kept walking right out of town. She doesn't want to believe that Jasper was at fault - but then why did he run away? How could he abandon Kelly and her parents? Now, former star student and athlete Kelly struggles to care about anything anymore, sleepwalking through school and experimenting with dangerous behavior as she tries to fill the void inside her.
Then one night, Jasper returns...but he's not alone. Someone has followed him home. Someone who hides in the space behind the truth, who hovers in the shadows between the known and unknown. His name is Archie, and he is the stranger they never asked to know, the guest they never invited. And he's about to challenge Kelly and Jasper to a game that demands a price they many not be willing to pay.
The characters of Uninvited, right down to the guy that we saw for five seconds, were dynamic and realistic. Even the antagonist was somewhat likable. The story was compelling and very difficult to put down. Nervous of the ending, I was so glad the author took the road she did, rather than the others she could have. Justine Musk, as with BloodAngel, produced a high energy fast read that is chock full of beautiful, colorful language characteristic of her style, her voice. Her use of imagery is uncanny. Thanks, Justine Musk, for teaching me that silver has a sound and that cold has a smell. I highly recommend Uninvited to all, but especially fans of dark urban fantasy.
Have you read Uninvited? Your thoughts? I love to hear from you!
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