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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
A touching love story of two young people entangled in a murder mystery, Fish Scales by Lynn Yvonne Moon opens with the murder of a young girl named Dru. The event is narrated by her sweetheart Jarrod, so overwhelmed with grief that he doesn’t know what to do. He can only stare at Dru’s lifeless body atop the slats of a wooden dock, no longer the enduring love he used to know. The story delves into flashbacks that explore Dru and Jarrod’s relationship, starting with how they met, back when Jarrod was warned to stay away from her. Some believed that she was a witch, but Jarrod brushed that off. Against the exotic backdrop of Hawaii, Jarrod will bury the one girl who occupied that special place in his heart, driven by the need to find the person behind her murder.
I read Fish Scales with great interest because I wanted to find out what made it different from other young adult fiction out there, and I wasn’t disappointed. I found myself entirely enthralled by Lynn Yvonne Moon’s narrative, transported into the exotic locale with a front-row seat as the plot unraveled. Moon’s prose is like Daphne du Maurier writing a story for the Hardy Boys series: her story is strongly affecting. It is infinitely better than reading standard paranormal romances; much more grounded in reality and shrouded in the mystery of the murder. Moon has a subtle style, clever enough to incorporate the necessary elements of local color, mystery, and character to make it work. Does Jarrod manage to move on in the end? Read Fish Scales for yourself, and see if you don’t find it liberating.