Made for You

Made for You

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Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover she possesses a strange new skill--the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from her hit-and-run accident, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep their friends--and each other--from falling into the hands of a killer.

This contemporary romantic suspense novel from five-time New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr earned widespread critical acclaim, with Kirkus Reviews calling it a "riveting whodunit that delivers a bouquet of teen romance, paranormal, and thriller." And BCCB declared, "Between the suspense, the horror, the romance, and the wit, this will have equal appeal for fans of Sarah Dessen and Rosemary Clement-Moore."

A stark departure from her fantasy settings, this Southern Gothic, racy thriller gives fans old and new chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 38mm | 431g
  • English
  • 0062011197
  • 9780062011190
  • 639,499

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When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused--who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why?

It seems impossible that anyone would have it out for the town darling. Thanks to her family's distinguished history and her own unassailable reputation in old-money Jessup, Eva is universally liked. But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.

Eva is struggling to understand just what these visions mean when a slew of murders takes place back home. The victims, all classmates, are discovered alongside eerie messages that tie the incidents to her. There is a killer on the loose, and he is after Eva.

While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old friend, reappears. The two traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends--and themselves--alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the determined killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr's racy thriller--a story of small-town oppression and salvation.
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"Seductively creepy, disturbingly realistic, and intensely suspenseful. This sinister tale of twisted teenage love and obsession will pull you in from the first page--and haunt you long after you close the last one."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, winner of the Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, and Anthony awards
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4,861 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 21% (1,038)
4 37% (1,816)
3 30% (1,436)
2 9% (445)
1 3% (126)

Our customer reviews

"Made For You" by Melissa Marr is a wonderfully easy book to enjoy. It's been dubbed a "contemporary YA novel" that "is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder." I, however, would say it's an easy to read and enjoyable mystery with a tiny bit of paranormal thrown in to make it interesting. The term Young Adult (YA) can sometimes be confusing. I guarantee adults will enjoy this book, I certainly did and I didn't feel like it was somehow "dumbed down" or less enjoyable because young adults would also love it. The mysterious story centers around our main character, Eva Cooper-Tilling. She is a smart, privileged, wealthy seventeen year old who is remarkably unspoiled by her upbringing and circumstances. Eva is wonderfully self assured and self reliant, as the reader, you root for her to rise above the harrowing mess she finds herself embroiled in. Eva lives in Jessup, a small Southern town that relies on status to keep everyone in their place. If you're from the right side of the tracks so to speak, you are worthy to be in the popular group. Eva finds these rules endlessly boring, tedious and stifling. She admits that her friends can sometimes be callus and status climbing but she's loyal to them and blames the small town for making it's young adults bow to duty, parentage, wealth and status. The mystery starts when someone runs Eva over, leaving her on the side of the road, broken, battered and with a serious head injury. When Eva awakens in the hospital after several touch-and-go days of unconsciousness, she finds she has an unusual new skill. When others touch her, she can see their deaths. Eva, because of her brain injury, is unsure what to make of her new visions. The Police question whether the accident was indeed an accident. Maybe someone deliberately tried to kill Eva. So starts the headlong rush to find out just what happened to Eva and weather there is in fact a Killer in her small North Carolina town. I really enjoyed reading this book. I found the addition of Eva's visions easy to accept as they were so well written. I certainly am not surprised that the book was so enjoyable as Melissa Marr is "the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series." I loved trying to figure out who was obsessed with Eva. I found myself wishing there were more pages in the book when it ended as I loved the characters so much, I wanted them to continue. I think that's a really good sign, when you miss the characters you just read about. The one extra detail that made me want to read "Made For You" was that it was based on true events that happened to the author. Melissa Marr was inspired by her own "harrowing experiences with a real-life stalker". I have to give this book a five out of five. No book is ever perfect but this nudges itself out of the fours and into the fives by being just so easily accessible and smooth to read. I look forward to more Mellissa Mar novels. Let's hope she continues to write mysteries along with the paranormal books she also writes. HarperCollins is publishing this book on September 16th so check it out then!show more
by Jennifer McLean
I was sent this one, and even though murder thrillers aren't always my favorite to read, I do like the premise of her being able to see other's deaths. It is so creepy and makes me wonder what she can do to intervene. It was told from a few perspectives, but mainly from Eva's point of view. She is struggling after waking up in the hospital. Her memories are a little scattered and she has scars all over. As a teen, or woman in general with our sometimes fragile self esteem, it can be a worst nightmare. Other things are changing too. Her childhood friend keeps showing up at the hospital and they are reconnecting. But this is a true old fashioned southern town, where Eva is big money and from the big names in the town and her reputation doesn't allow for people like him. I have never read any Melissa Marr, but I enjoyed this one surprisingly and flew through most of it. I felt like it slowed down some in the middle, but then picked up at the end and went barreling to a dramatic ending. I liked the friendship between Eva and Grace in this one. They told each other everything and supported each other in every way they could. The romance was a little awkward at times because at first she was dating someone who was cheating on her and not there for her while sick. But it was cute to read about once the other guy was out of the way. I never guessed who the killer was but I never am able to see that sort of thing coming. We got the perspective of Judge, the obviously unstable guy who thinks that Eva is meant to be his bride and his acts of violence are teaching her things and giving her messages. Bottom Line: Overall good story, I liked Eva and the more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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