ARC Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale (Amber's Review)

Title: No One Else Can Have You
Author: Kathleen Hale
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary, Mystery
Page Count: 380
Publisher: Haper Teen
Not to be published until January 2014


Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.


Jessica took the words right out of my mouth. Oh my gah. What a joy ride this book was. It was full up suspense keeping you on the edge of your seat. 

No One Else Can Have You is Kathleen Hale's debut novel and I am positive she has two new fans. She was able to keep me second guessing myself through out the whole book. Now, I am eager for other works she may publish in the future. 

Ruth's death was gruesome and something out of a horror film. Something I imagine Stephen King to have written. (In my honest opinion) But I was shocked when I found out who murdered her. In small towns every one is a suspect and some one you may not expect could end up being an murderer. 

Kippy is strange. I think you could put it that way, but I like that. Who is normal anyway? I am not. That is for sure. (Ask Jessica) But the girl that is going to be there for you no matter what. I think Ruth took advantage of their friendship though. She reminded me a bit of Alison from Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard though her journal entries. But what bothered me most was that Kippy accepted all the horrible things Ruth would say about her. I felt like Kippy knew this all a long but never wanted it to admit it to herself. 

Another thing that I enjoyed beside the suspense was things said and done. Especially stories of Kippy and Ruth. The lake especially. I called up my best friend to read her that part and we were both hysterical for about a half hour.

All in all this book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The characters and the struggles seemed real. I felt like I was part of the book. In the end me and Jessica were texting each other and flipping out. We didn't suspect anything! 

Expect No One Else Can Have You on shelves on January 7, 2014!


(Stealing Jessica's credits here..... well I change them a little bit)
*-I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
**-Special thanks to author Kathleen Hale (see her on twitter: @HaleKathleen) for sending both Jessica and I copies of this ARC to review. You rock and we'd love to get copies of your future works to review, too!

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