Don’t let the pretty pink color and swirly font and silhouetted flowers on the cover of Choker by Elizabeth Woods fool you. It may look like a sweet, girly book. But lurking beneath that lovely cover lies a twisted thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to the very last page.
What Woods excels at best in Choker is building the dramatic tension. There’s almost a thread or a pulse of tension that is drawn throughout the entire novel, building quietly but surely. On the surface, everything appears one way — but as the reader, you get a sense that something isn’t quite right. It’s this mounting tension that really gives the book its edge. The result is a subtle but engaging thriller.
On the other hand, I think the book’s weakest point is its predictability. I guessed (correctly) very early on what the big twist would be at the end of the book. And while I kept reading to find out if I was right or wrong, I was a bit disappointed that I had called it. I had really hoped to be more surprised; that the author might have taken a different angle with the story. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I won’t say any more — but I know that this is, at least in part, a personal preference (regarding how the story ended) — so just because I didn’t love the ending, doesn’t mean you won’t. It’s something you have to decide for yourself. Wood still delivers a satisfying climax, no matter what.
That aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Woods’ writing. She paints a very vivid picture with her words that really bring the story to life. Likewise, her characters are engaging and I enjoyed watching their various interactions as events unfolded.
But the real star of Choker is that pulse of tension. It almost has a life of its own, lurking beneath every word and page. It’s the type of drama that will keep you reading late into the night and turning pages until you’ve reached the very end.
Choker is in stores tomorrow. Here is the synopsis:
When her best friend Zoe reappears after moving away, Cara agrees to hide Zoe from troubles at home. Then one of the popular girls at school who had tormented Cara winds up dead, and Cara suspects Zoe is responsible. As Cara searches for answers, she’s forced to confront a deadly truth.