The June Boys
by Courtney C. Stevens
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 3, 2020 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.
The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.
Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.
But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:
What if her father is the Gemini Thief?
My Two Cents:
The pretense of this story is fantastic and I enjoyed the main character Thea. She is determined and gritty and doesn’t let her age stand in the way of the answers she’s seeking. However, the story is a bit hard to follow. It is told from multiple POVs and bounces between timelines in a non-linear fashion.
By the time I got all the characters and timeline straight the story began to drag a bit. There were some unnecessary characters and some necessary things left out, like who is Elizabeth? In addition, for me the ending was a bit rushed and pulled together too neatly.
• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46390614-the-june-boys
• IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780785221906
Blog tour schedule link: https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/02/tour-schedule-june-boys-by-courtney-c.html
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small town south. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, Olympic torchbearer and bookseller at Parnassus Books. These days she writes coming-of- truth fiction and is the Community Outreach Manager for Warren County Public Library. She has a pet whale named Herman, a bandsaw named Rex, and several novels with her name on the spine.
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