Nancy Bush – Hush

87. Hush by Nancy Bush (2011)
Length: 426 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 12 September 2014
Finished: 15 September 2014
Where did it come from? From my mailman’s wife who was getting rid of some books.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 September 2014
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Nancy Bush is a new author for me.

In the summer before their senior year, Coby Rendell and her classmates take a beach trip together. While this group were technically friends, they didn’t necessarily consider themselves the best of friends; the teenagers’ fathers had all been friends since high school, and were always hopeful that their children would have equally strong friendships with each other. So it was that around a campfire one foggy June night, Coby, Rhiannon, Yvette and the others find themselves sharing their darkest secrets; just before a tragic accident shatters the bond between them…

Twelve years later Coby attends a birthday party reunion that ends in horror when Yvette’s sister’s lifeless body is found in the hot tub. Soon other tale-tellers from that original group meet with similar fates – unfortunate ‘accidents’ that are shrinking their number one by one. Someone seems to be taking the saying: “Cross your heart and hope to die,” dead seriously…

Increasingly conflicted by her growing feelings for the investigating detective, Danner Lockwood, Coby races to unravel a mystery buried deep in the past. But someone is watching her every move – someone who is prepared to kill again and again to protect a shocking truth…

This was the first book by Nancy Bush that I’ve ever read. Actually, I’m not quite sure how to grade this book, overall. It was certainly very well-written, I just found that there were so many characters that I had trouble keeping all the names straight. 

I thought that the mystery was incredibly convoluted and I had some difficulty getting into the flow of the story. The book was enjoyable in parts, but I had certain niggling issues about the plot that never completely resolved themselves in my mind. I may read another book by this author in the future, but I give Hush by Nancy Bush a B+! I’d be curious to see how others who have read this book found it – did you enjoy the story, or did it not quite live up to your expectations?

B+! – (89-94%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight


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