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ARC Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

ARC Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce  by Katrina LenoThe Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Published by: HarperCollins, HarperTeen on 7/8/2014
Genres: Family, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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About the Book:

You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.





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The Half Life of Molly Pierce is remarkable. I’d pimp this novel to the moon and back if I could. I’m not sure what I expected going in, but I read the synopsis, and knew I HAD to have it. This was a book I must read. Though what I didn’t anticipate were the feels – intense, emotionally-griping life-altering feels. The kind that make you desperate, angry, cry or rage quit (there’s a little gamer lingo for ya) life. Yes, I kind of suspected what was happening with Molly early on, however I didn’t realize to what extent and how much I would invest myself in her finding out the truth. I was so emotionally strung out after finishing The Half Life of Molly Pierce I sat down and read it a second time…it was THAT good people.


Molly has a secret she can’t share. Sometimes she can’t remember: simple things, big things, even in some cases long periods of time. Her ‘blackouts” have made her more aware of where she goes, what she does, who she interacts with and who she can confide in – which is mostly no one. The whole ordeal has left her feeling vulnerable in all aspects of her life.  She doesn’t know if she’s coming or going or where she’s even been. Molly as a character is intriguing, mysterious, cautious, sympathetic, and utterly fascinating. As far as psychological thrillers go, The Half Life of Molly Pierce did its job and as a reader I felt the suspense on every page and in every word.


Leno created a cast of characters who meshed well with each other. You could sense the family’s frustration, empathize with them, and understand their agony while they watched and tried to fathom what was happening to Molly. Once the layers of Molly’s life started to unravel and she began to piece the intricate puzzle together you felt for her and the family. So many answers were kept secret for so long you have to wonder why. What was the point? What was the purpose of it all? How will they ever move on?


Overall, I adored The Half Life of Molly Pierce. It’s definitely one of my top mystery reads so far this year.  I loved Molly’s voice and wish I had more of it to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great psychological mind jack.



My Rating



rate 5
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