Release Date: January 7, 2013
Rating: 2 out of 5
Every character in this book is messed up.
It’s the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about how to sum up this book in one sentence: No One Else Can Have You‘s characters are so screwed up in the head that it made this story uncomfortable to read, and not in a good way. Sure, this book is a murder mystery and it’s bound to be a thriller, but these characters were ALL creepy in one way or another. Even the main character. The entire time I was reading No One Else Can Have You, all I could think was, “What. The Actual. Heck.”
As I strongly emphasized before, the characters were the main problem for me in No One Else Can Have You. This book is a murder mystery, so it’s a given that all of the characters have to sound like suspects to keep the reader guessing. However, the main character Kippy, the one trying to solve the mystery, was crazy herself. She was so messed up in her head, there was no way I could relate or connect to her in any way, shape, or form. She made the most random choices that had me confused. Aside from Kippy, there were not any other characters in the book that I liked. Hale attempts to include a romance– I pretty much face-palmed so many times because it just did not work out. Simply bomb-dropping a romance into a middle of a murder mystery without actually benefitting the story? How about no…
One positive thing I can say about this book is the creep-factor is on high, my friends. Hale does a good job playing up the cover: a seemingly innocent sweater cover, but with a moose hanging from noose. It’s an innocent town in Wisconsin, but one heck of a murder. It’s creepy, you guys. WHEW.
Overall, No One Else Can Have You was a crazy mystery with very disturbing characters that I couldn’t relate to. It’s a book that will make you squirm with discomfort and a bit of fear, too. I’m not sure whether I would recommend this; I’d say if you’re a mystery lover, read this one with caution because of the whacko characters! (This book also brings about the subject of sex A LOT for a YA book, so there’s that to be cautious about, too).