Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
"Nikki Kill has always been an outsider. Born with rare synesthesia, she sees the world differently. In Nikki’s eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray.
To Nikki, Peyton Hollis, the ultrarich it-girl at school, was seemingly untouchable. That is, until Peyton is violently attacked and the only phone number the hospital finds in Peyton’s cell is Nikki’s. Suddenly Nikki is pulled into Peyton’s glittering, fast-paced world as she tries to unravel an unfolding conspiracy.
As Nikki gets closer to the dark truth—and to Peyton’s gorgeous older brother—the only thing she can be sure of is death is a deep, pulsing crimson."- summary from Amazon
I absolutely LOVED this suspenseful thriller from one of my favorite authors, which is a bit of a departure from her previous books. I liked the added element of synesthesia and how it really has a huge role throughout the book and helps Nikki with the case at hand. Nikki is a fantastic lead character and one that readers will root for. The book is extremely hard to put down because the whole thing is so crazy and I wanted nothing more than to find out what happens. What I like about this book is that it answers the main arc in this book but brings up some new questions to end on, leaving readers eager for the next book. Brown writes so amazingly well and keeps the plot clipping along but also really infuses every character with a lot of depth and emotions. I also really liked the arc of the relationship between the lead detective (whose name I can't remember) and Nikki; I'm interested to see where that goes in future installments.
Overall, an amazing start to a new series and I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next!
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