Published by Entangled
Pub Date: December 6th 2011
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: LGBT, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
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He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
From the start, the story sucks you in and it had me on the edge of my seat. Archer is in the middle of committing one of his murders and you can’t help but want to find out what happens next or why he’s even doing this in the first place. I simply couldn’t put this book down.
I wanted to read Hushed because it was something I don’t normally see in YA novels, a thriller and it has an LGBT relationship. I thought Evan and Archer’s relationship was so profound. Evan could see the good in Archer and, in turn, Archer wanted to become a better person because of Evan. I really loved their moments together, right from the start.
Now, Vivian and Archer’s relationship was the complete opposite. It was so emotionally destructive. They both needed some serious therapy after what they both went through as kids. Which made me think of Marissa, Vivian’s mom. I understand that she was a nice person and took care of Archer when his mom wouldn’t…but why didn’t she take Vivian to therapy after what happened to her? I can’t help but think that if Vivian would’ve received help as a kid, things would have turned out differently for both her and Archer. And maybe Archer wouldn’t have had to feel like he needed to avenge her.
I will say, in my opinion, this book is more for a mature young adult audience because there is some sex, some drugs, and lots of violence. The steamy parts are very well done, and not overly graphic if it’s something that worries you. Overall this book was so well thought out and written. I felt the emotions of all the characters…the despair, the guilt, the love, the hope. So if you haven’t looked into this book yet, do it now!