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Perennials by Bryce Gibson

Perennials, Bryce Gibson, Young Adult, Mystery, Horror, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Horror
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: June 3, 2016

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Summer in South Carolina – a time of ripe peaches, crackling bonfires, trips to the lake, and the rural legend of a creature known as the Lizard Man.

This year, a very real monster is lurking about.

The victims all have one thing in common – they share their names with plants.

Soon it becomes apparent that seventeen-year-olds Dusty Miller and Nandina Bush may be next on the killer’s list.

“That was when I realized that the red I saw in the driveway wasn’t blood. It was a scattering of rose petals. Deep down, I knew, right at that very moment, that what all of us had been afraid of for the past several months had already happened. I knew that the serial killer had finally made his way to Crow County.” – Dusty Miller


Outside of the peaceful rural setting of Crow County, a serial killer is on the loose and murdering people who share their names with plants. The residents of this Crow County have heard the new reports about the killer but did not pay them much mind since the murders took place well away from their peaceful county. However, the killer has made his way to Crow County and Nandina Bush and Dusty Miller could be next on his list. 


Break out the sweet tea, put your feet up, and prepare to go on a meandering tour of Crow County that will uncover the dark roots of a seemingly peaceful rural area and its residents. The dark, rich, and vivid setting lures you into an unsettling calm before the storm. You know that something is going to happen, but you do not know when or who it will happen to.

Then the elegantly crafted storm hits and tears away the facade that the residents have erected to hide their deepest secrets and darkest fears. A young love blossoms in the eye of this storm, but it may be stripped bare before it even has a chance to mature.

Then, just as you begin to think that you know who the killer is, Gibson adds another layer to the plot that keeps you guessing.

I enjoyed this book immensely! Between the exquisite setting that ensnared me immediately and the mystery that kept me guessing until the very end, I found myself reading it until the wee hours of the morning.

Do not let the "young adult" categorization fool you! Gibson's impeccable writing is not immature and is well-suited for adults who enjoy a good, dark mystery.

About Bryce Gibson

Bryce Gibson, Perennials, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Bryce Gibson, author.
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Bryce Gibson writes Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of the The South. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and their dog.

Bryce graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Media Arts.

He works full time as a farmer.
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