The Scavenger, by J. L. Willow

downloadWhen a number of teen drug overdoses disturbs the NYPD, an investigation is quickly formed to uncover the forces behind it. Four people with no previous connection find themselves the object of scrutiny as the case moves forward.

Catherine is a freshman living an unfulfilled high school life. After a gentle nudge from her best friend Eve, she begins searching for more. A boy named Samuel may be the answer to what she’s looking for, but not everything is as it seems.

Samuel has more connections to the investigation in more ways than Catherine realizes and carries more secrets than he cares to admit. His decision to take a risky bet with a man named Frank seems like easy money but instead causes his life to quickly unravel. 

Frank is a drug dealer living in New York City, best known for his heinously addictive strains of laced marijuana. With the NYPD closing in and pressure slowly building, he discovers the life he’s carefully built for himself in danger of collapse. 

Nathan Tawallis of the NYPD is lead investigator of the case. Much as he tries to ignore it, long forgotten memories begin to surface and past connections to the drug network become hard to ignore.

With lives becoming inexorably entangled, The Scavenger weaves a tale of suspense and family in unsuspecting places while simultaneously delving into the dangers and alarming nature of the illegal drug trade.

This book was very good. But when you think about this book being written by a seventeen-year-old this book turns from very good to amazing. I don’t normally pick up books like this but after learning who wrote it, I had to give it a try. Everything was great, although there were a few things that I think she was too young to write. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and hope that I can read more of Ms. Willow’s in the future.

My one problem with this book was that Ms. Willow seemed to be a bit young to write some of these scenes. Like the interrogation scenes. They were really intriguing and I was still invested in the story, they just weren’t written . . . well. I wanted to love them and get invested, but I couldn’t. Otherwise, this book was great.

The characters were very very different from the characters that I’ve normally read. Remember, I read fantasy. Catherine was exactly what I’d expect from a freshmen high school girl bored with her life. Samuel was the perfect conflicted child with impulse control. Frank was the character that I loved to hate and I just wanted to give Nathan a hug and some chocolate. All of them were more than they seemed and I hope that all of them have the future they deserve.

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The plot was also very very different from the books that I normally read. I loved it though. I have never read a book about drugs and drug abuse. This book seemed realistic to me, but I have never experienced any of these situations. I appreciated the amount of research that went into this book because it made the story way more interesting and I loved that. I couldn’t wait for what would happen next and I surprised at every plot twist.

All in all, I loved this book and highly recommend it. I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Willow in person and she is amazing!!! All of my opinions and thoughts are my own and were not influenced in any way. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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