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.
- Paperback | 242 pages
- 140 x 215.9 x 14mm | 317.51g
- 11 Nov 2013
- Entangled Publishing, LLC
- Fort Collins, United States
- black & white illustrations
About Kelley York
Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, Doctor Who, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
Our customer reviews
Well, it was definitely suspenseful, emotional and well-written. To be honest, I was a little biased because of the romance that was supposed to develop - it wasn't girl/boy, but boy/boy, and I'm not really into that kind of thing. BUT, once I got to know the characters, it didn't really matter anymore. The story is blood-curdling right from the beginning, plunging us into the world of Archer Pond - a college freshman with one sure goal in life - to kill the rapists of his best friend/secret sweetheart Vivian, and thus set her free. He's killed two of them already. Brody, Vivian's brother was the third to go, and also the first murder we are allowed to witness. What catches attention is the cold-blooded way Archer plans and undergoes each of the murders. He wears gloves, doesn't leave any print that he might have had something to do with it, and he feels that he's doing the right thing. For Vivian. For his Vivian. Undoubtedly, he would've gone on until the list of six was complete. But then, out of nowhere, Evan Bishop walks into the picture. A well built young man the age of Archer, Evan is the first person who wants to be friends with Archer for no reason other than his company. He doesn't want or need anyone to take care of him; he doesn't require a track of blood and hatred. And that surprises Archer most of all, because he's not used to having friends other than Vivian. The more Archer hangs around Evan, the more he realizes that what he's done is terribly wrong and that he can't continue doing it anymore. But it's too late, because Vivian's figured it out - all the murders, all of Archer's secrets, and now she requests one last thing - the death of her current messed-up boyfriend. That is where everything backslides in Archer and Vivian's relationship. It's when he sees her in her real self - not the sweet girl he remembered her as, but the malignant person who liked the adrenaline of the kill - and he decides that it's way overdue that he broke it off with her. In rage of fury, jealousy and madness, Vivian becomes uncontrollable, pushing Archer into fighting for the one thing, the one person who really loves him. Evan. I give it 5 stars because it was great, and I recommend it to anyone who'd care to see that sometimes hope is waiting on the other end of the tunnel. Enjoy.show moreby Vanya Drumchiiska
So. Here is what I wish I could do right now. I wish I could say "Stop reading this review. Do yourself a favor, go buy HUSHED". Seriously. That's how much I loved this book, I don't even care if you read my review, so long as you buy it. This book seriously kicked my butt and rocked my world. HUSHED opens up with a very "Dexter-ish" vibe, with main character Archer taking vengeance on the wicked. And yes, as indicated in the synopsis, Archer is a murderer. But, he's a good murderer, hence the Dexter reference. I was slightly hesitant to read a book from the POV of someone as clearly troubled as Archer is, but within the first few pages, I was completely on board with the premise of HUSHED. I try not to summarize books in my reviews, I like to leave the story up to the reader to discover. But I do want to talk about what I loved about HUSHED. Starting with the characters. I don't know if I've ever come across a more fragile, socially awkward, but ultimately redeemable character than Archer. This poor guy has led a short life of emotional damage, manipulation and desertion. It's clearly no wonder Archer is as disturbed as he is. Especially when it comes to Vivian. Oh, how I learned to despise that girl. Vivian is a master manipulator, user, and controlling freak. I literally wanted to reach into my Kindle and hurt her. The things she says and does to Archer makes my skin crawl and sets my teeth on edge. She was cruel and evil. Except...she actually, when I think about it, isn't evil. Yes, she does despicable things. But when you learn her background, you can understand what drives poor Viv over the edge. Now for my favorite character, Evan. Evan is pure joy, acceptance, understanding and conscience. The light that Evan brings into Archer's life gave me chills. (To get a better feel for Evan, read the quote I shared below.) Evan is a much more understanding than I could ever be, because if that kind of crazy showed up on my doorstep, I would be running for the hills without looking back. He is one of the kindest, and adorable, characters I've read in a long time. Okay, for the part about HUSHED (besides the awesome characters) that really blew me away, the relationship between Archer and Evan. The two have a clear connection/attraction when they meet, but it's never this huge deal. Archer, who has only been in love with Vivian, never has this "Oh my god, I'm falling for another guy! Am I gay? Oh no, I'm so confused!!" moment. Their relationship does not come down to gender. It comes down to the person. The same gender aspect of the relationship is almost an afterthought. And Archer never feels shame about his attraction and developing relationship with Evan. For me, HUSHED is less about the insane scenario that plays out between Archer and Vivian, and more about love and how finding the right person can inspire one to become a better human being. It's about faith in the one you love, and redemption. HUSHED is a phenomenal book. Go get it. Now. Favorite Quote ~ "This was different. Evan was different. The light didn't wrap around him like it did Vivian. He dominated the place it wanted to occupy, and it crowded against the outline of him. Envious of his brightness."show moreby Andrea Thompson
Great Read!show moreby Reading For Fun
One thing that I love reading about is psychotic people who go off the rails and Kelley York executed perfectly! There was a fine edge between paranoid and crazy that Ms. York tip toed on through out the whole book and you didn't know where the characters stood until the very end. I really loved Archer. He had this almost Dexter personality. He really believes that he is going to make Vivian's life better, once he gets rid of all the people who have hurt her. If only Vivian could pick a nice guy instead of the constant losers, the list wouldn't keep getting longer and longer. Vivian. She really is a user. She has Archer twisted around her little finger and whenever she falls down, Vivian knows that Archer will be there to pick her back up. Just so she can go make the same mistakes the next month. Vivian is one of those characters you love to hate. Evan enters Archer's life and he immediately cares for Archer in a way that no one really ever has before. Evan is selfless and he really helps Archer see that killing people is a bad thing and that Vivian is not good for him and that sometimes it's best to do what is best for himself. You can't help but love Evan, he's just so sweet and the tension between him and Archer agonizingly builds through out the book. Kelley York wrote an exhilarating book that I knew I was going to love when I read the first page. If you loved Dexter you should read it and if you don't like Dexter well you should read it anyway!show moreby Darla