Title: Frozen Beauty
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Publishing Date: March 17, 2020
Age Category & Genre: Young Adult Mystery, Contemporary
Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….
No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—not even her sisters, Tessa and Lilly. All they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition.
Even though everyone is quick to jump to conclusions, Tessa is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. Still, there are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets tucked away in the past.
But no matter how fiercely Tessa searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.
Frozen Beauty is a silent storm of an emotional loss, secret revelations, a mystery waiting to unfold, and a sisterly bond that is vividly contrasting and yet strong. After the death of an elder sister among three, the family and younger sisters are devastated but the aftermath of a witness testifying and consequential placement of the good neighbour boy behind bars is tough and doesn’t bring closure at all. The mystery around what happened, on a dark night in the woods, to a perfect young girl—daughter, sister & friend—ensues. While the thrill isn’t a persistent vibe, the snow-clad setting creates a great atmosphere to paint a saddening yet hopeful picture. There is a certain enigma spread throughout the split timelines and with a splendid writing narrating the story in a mysterious voice, this YA contemporary slightly inspired by Red Riding Hood can certainly impress.
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Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, an all-woman creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Frozen Beauty,Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books.
Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.