Review: The Sound by Sarah Alderson

June 11, 2014 Raquel Romero 0

The Sound by Sarah Alderson
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Edelwiess, Simon Pulse

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A British nanny looking for a low-key summer finds buried secrets, murderous attention, and unexpected romance when she visits the Nantucket Sound.

The Nantucket Sound is a beachfront playground for the privileged and elite, where the sunny days are filled with scenic bike rides, backyard picnics, and bonfire parties.

But all Ren Kingston - a visiting Brit still reeling from heartbreak - really wants is a quiet summer as a nanny for one of Nantucket's wealthy families. Getting acquainted with handsome Jeremy and his young group of trust fund, private school kids was not part of the plan. Neither was befriending the local bad boy whose reputation is more dangerous than charming.

After a dead body is found next to The Sound's postcard-perfect view, Ren starts to wonder where the real threat lies. Because it's becoming clear that her newfound 'friends' are much more than they seem. They're hiding secrets. Secrets that Ren wants no part of.

But once The Sound has you in its current, it won't want to let you go.

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

Starting with the prologue, the vivid imagery captured in those first few pages of The Sound hooks you right in. Imagery is everythingspecially when it comes to stories like this one. Feeling the main characters fears, anxiety, adrenalineit all works to create the sense that were right there alongside the character, and thats what makes for a great book. Sarah Aldersons The Sound perfectly captured that essence in the first three pages.

Apart from the prologue, the first quarter of the book is slow and uninteresting. I wont lie: I picked up and put down the book a couple of times before I really got into it, but once I did, I couldnt stop reading. Ren Kensigntons last relationship didnt end so well, so when shes presented with the choice of either spending her summer watching her ex exchange saliva with another girl or going to Americaeven if it means working as a nannyshe chooses the latter. Rens plans for the summer include nannying and (possibly) getting a tan. Her plans in no way include getting involved with a boy, let alone twospecially after the disaster of her last relationship. But before she knows it, shes welcomed into the inner circle of a bunch of spoiled, rich kids. To top it off, theres the local bad boy she cant stop thinking about. And if that wasnt enough, foreign nannies are being murdered in the Nantucket Sound, and if Rens not careful, she might just be next.

Regardless of the fact that Ren isnt looking to get involved with a guy, the pull she feels toward Jesse is undeniable and she gets sucked in. Big time. Jesse has a reputation as dangerous guy and despite her friends warning, Ren isnt able to resist. His standoffishness, and later his cocky demeanor, attract Ren like nothing ever had before. More than the attraction they both feel, however, is Jesses character. Time and time again Ive read about the bad boy, and even if the trope is one that is overly used, I couldnt help but fall in love with Jesse. Jesse carries around an array of emotions around with him, and it is in uncovering the whys that Ren sees a different side to Jesse that he doesnt let anyone seea side that is just bubbling in anger, hatred and helplessness. Those moments were the ones I looked forward to the most: uncovering what happened that made Jesse so angry and violent towards a certain someone.

Im not sure exactly what my feelings toward Ren are. There were times Ren annoyed the hell out of meparticularly in relation to Jeremy and his group of friends. Alderson brings to life spoiled, rich kids and everything about them grated on my last nerves. So the fact that Ren willingly would go back to hanging out with them, over and over again, made absolutely no sense to me. In a way, I realize that for the story to follow a certain path, Ren has to be involved with them, but her attachment to Jeremy in particular just made me want to bang my head in.

Alderson intertwines two different mysteries with one another in The Sound to bring forth a compelling and suspenseful story. While the murder aspect in the plot takes a backseat throughout most of the book, it does make an appearance at the end. Interestingly enough, the subplot in The Sound is what truly captures the readers attention, and because of the way it was developed, the anticlimactic revelation of the murderer doesnt take away much from the story. Regardless, I wouldnt hesitate to recommend The Sound, or any of Aldersons previous novels.


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