Review: Choker by Elizabeth Woods

From Goodreads: What if the only friend you could trust turned out to be dangerous? A new thriller from debut author Elizabeth Woods!

It is not very often that a book from the contemporary genre grabs me. I like the genre but it isn’t my favorite to read. I read Choker in three hours and I was so surprised at the ending that I guffawed so loudly my husband asked me what was wrong with me!

Choker follows Cara who is quiet and shy and not so well liked in school. When she was small she had a best friend Zoe who her parents didn’t really like because she was from a bad home and Cara’s parents were afraid of her playing there. In fifth grade Cara’s parents moved with her to a new city and Cara began to forget about Zoe until one night when Zoe shows up in her room dirty and needing a place to stay. She said her step dad was abusing her and she had to get away.

Cara lets Zoe hang out in her room and keeps her hidden from her parents. Cara continues being made fun of in school and it worsens after she chokes on a carrot. Then everyone starts calling her ‘Choker’ and mimicking her choking on a carrot.

The two worst tormentors wind up dead and Cara has to decide if she can trust Zoe or if Zoe is killing these girls, or it could be Ethan the guy she always wanted and never thought he would give her the time of day.

As the book progresses we see Zoe deteriorate through Cara’s eyes, her teeth yellow her hair becomes greasy, she smells like body odor. Then on the night everything comes to a head between Zoe and Cara and Ethan things will never be the same.

For any of you who have this book hurry up and read it so I can guffaw with you! This book is slated to release on January 4th and is already a great contender for my best books of 2011! A fantastic debut novel from new author Elizabeth Woods who I will be following on to the next book she writes!

FTC Disclosure: this book is an epub ARC given to me by the publisher.

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