Book review: Becca Fitzpatrick’s ‘hush, hush’

by Eneryvibes

When Nora get’s a new partner in biology class, strange things begin to happen and she feels she’s constantly being followed. Does this have to do with this new, dark and attractive classmate Patch?

Nora Grey is a 16 year old girl, living with her mother in a drafty eighteenth century farmhouse on the outskirts of Coldwater. Her father died not so long ago and Nora is still coping with this sudden change in her life. Her mother works for an auction company that requires a lot of travel. So most of the time Nora is  alone, except when Dorothea the houskeeper was around. Nora has a best friend Vee Sky, who is the only person she trusts. Between them their is an invisible thread tying them together, long before birth even.

Nora gets stuck with Patch Cipriano during biology class, where they were assigned to get to know each other. While Patch gets Nora to spill out everything about herself, Patch stayed an enigma for her. Though she keeps him at arms lenght, she becomes more and more involved with Patch. She knows nothing about him, but the attraction is so strong she gets pulled towards him.

Since Patch appearded in her life she feels someone is watching and following her. When she went with her friends at the Delphic Amusement Park, it wasn’t different. Patch wanted to meet and convinced her to ride The Archangel with him, though she’s affraid of heights she takes the risk. There she experienced the first strange sensation, that she flew in panic, screaming out of the car and thinking she was falling and going to die. Patch grabbed her just in time. It seemed she thought it happened, for her seat belt was fastened.

Strange things happened also with the people around Nora. Vee landed in the hospital after being attacked and Marcie, one of the girls in her class, was beaten up at the school library. Vee thinks it’s all got to do with Patch. She didn’t trust him a bit. Nora thinks it is Elliot, another student who got transferred recently after being involved in a murder. She stumbled on this info after searching for Patch’s past at the library. When Elliot and his friend Julest appeared at school for the first time, Vee had this great idea that she and Nora could team up with them. So Nora would forget Patch.

On their first date playing pool, Nora got to meet Patches’friend Rixon. When they were kidding around in a friendly fight Patches shirt was ripped off. Nora saw a hugh, upside down V-shaped scar on his back. Something she didn’t quite understand how it got there. When speaking with Vee about it, she remembered a bizarre painting on the side car of the Archangel of an angel with the same scars whose wings got ripped off.

Nora knew from google that fallen angels roam the earth looking for human bodies to harass and control. She remembered the few times Patch breadged normal comunication methods and whispered directly to her mind. Is Patch an angel, a fallen angel? Did he want to possess her body? Possesion of a body can only take place during the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. Fallen angels do have sexual relations with humans, which produce superhuman offspring called Nephilim. The Nephilim race is an evil and innatural race and was never meant to inhabit Earth.

With this in mind she digs deeper into secrets untold. Regardless of him saving her from herself, Nora still thinks Patch has a hidden agenda. That somebody is out there to kill her, the man in the ski mask. What about Elliot, did he really killed that girl? And mysterious Jules, what he’s all about? All this searching gets Nora into trouble and Patch is always around to protect her, leading up to an outplay of the charaters in a show down op power and surprisingly outcome.

A rollercoaster of a story, you get bumped up into exciting characters with their own agenda. This book is an exciting ride on the Archangel, I must say. The New York Times bestseller Hush, hush is the first book in a sequel. Will be posting a review of the sequel Crescendo soon. Hush, Hush, has already been made into a movie.

BECCA FITZPATRICK grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga. 

Hush, Hush  
Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster, 2009
391 pages


~ by eneryvibes on 1,March 2, 2012.

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