Only three more days until my blogiversary…I am counting down the days.
We had a few days of sunshine, and now it’s back to the thick grey clouds and dripping rain. Oh, well. I suppose rainy days are nice in their own ways.
Today, I will be sharing My Thoughts on The June Boys…fitting for the book of the month, don’t you think? I don’t really remember where I chanced upon this book, but let me just warn you it’s filled to the brim with emotions and dark twists. Plus, it has castles. A thriller with castles must be read.
The June Boys
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The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.
The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.
Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.
But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:
What if her father is the Gemini Thief?
Sage Advice: Ooh, intrigue. Love the Father’s eerie-ness
C1: Aulus is that kind of person. I wonder what the Thief wants…
C2: Oh, so that’s what the key chain is. It’s quite stunning how they believe everything is connected. But of course, it must be…
The Elizabeth Letters: The font is excruciating to read on a phone. It doesn’t make much sense now, so it should later on.
C3: Not sure what to think. Will make up my mind a little later. I like the MC and her boyfriend enough, though. They don’t come across as the senseless types.
C4: Wait, what? This is so cool! Ah, dear rain-couver. Sweet second home, Vancouver is. Anyhow.
C5: Ah, the nature of flashes from the past. I’m starting to think that this is one of those really convoluted stories. I love it!
TEL: This is so peculiar and confusing. What’s it supposed to signify???
C6: Uhh, Why do they suspect him? I mean, I can sort of see it as a possibility, but there’s still too little info to know.
C7: I feel detached from the story…not sure why.
C8: Actually I take it back. The number one character who intrigues me is her father, the suspect.
C9: I’m interested in seeing where this goes…But the pacing is kind of weird. Things are kind of unnatural?
TEL: Okay, this is confusing things even more. Why is Tank there?
C10: I am even more confused. What is happening?? What is Thea doing anyways?? (Or maybe this all has to do with my fever and not the book…)
C11: It’s happening! So unreal, plus I don’t necessarily want it to be true!! Please, don’t be the Thief!!
C12: What could be the motive in the first place? I want him to be a castle builder, too.
TEL: Okay, this makes a little more sense? Like it’s starting to connect a little?
C13: The Castle is seriously cool. Kind of sinister at the same time.
C14: Ahh, I cannot handle the tension. So conflicted, also not sure what to think??
TEL: Aulus is such a dear. I really love him, and hopes he survives!
C15: Constance. Such a wonderful person. I really wish things would get “sorted out”.
C16: Aww. I knew Constance was good for Thea. I feel for Thea—it’s so hard to know what to think 😭
TEL: Who is this Welder??? And Aulus is with the June boys. But then why is Tank with them?
C17: The principal is kind of funny in an awkward way. Plus the photos? So intriguing
C18: Wait, Welder. That must have to do with something. The photo can’t mean anything well. And can I say how much I love the tight knit community Thea has?
C19: Finally, something. Although Dana is probably still going to roast them.
TEL: The relationship with the four boys is sort of strange, but cute? (And why am I ending sentences with?) Gosh my stomach and body hurts. Hoping the fever is going down…
C20: I like Dana enough. And Nick. But Thea is a little confusing at times…
C21: Gahgh, I am so shook. I always have this thing for trains, but this is so gut wrenching. Surely this is not the case!
TEL: I feel like this is not happening in the same time frame as the rest of the chapters? Like, the letters are placed in a different time interval. Kind of cool and creepy.
C22: The sudden mention of God is kind of startling, in a cool way. I didn’t think this kind of book would involve anything like theology.
C23: This is so sweet and weird and wonderful. It’s so not what I was expecting, but in a good way.
C24: This complicated Father-daughter relationship is really hurting me. Are they going to be alright? Can they really work it out?
TEL: This is so sad. Crying over what the boys have to go through. And where is Welder? As much as I don’t care for the Thief, if he was there to take care of the boys, they wouldn’t have to go through this.
C25: Ahh, the tension is taut. Things people do when they are afraid…
C26: Things are starting to get so chaotic. More questions than answers…
TEL: Gahh, I am shook. I was really hoping this wasn’t the case.
C27: And they connect! (In a really morbid fashion. )
C28: Gosh, now that things are starting to move forward, it’s moving at a breakneck pace. Terrible business, I say. Also, did I say how much I love Dana?
C29: I am crying over Thea’s father. I really like him, but there’s too many uncertain and unknown details.
C30: Ruby and Griff are so nice, in their calm-chaotic way. This is so wrecking.
TEL: I feel just like Aulus and Thea. Do I believe in truth or hope there’s another answer out there?
C31: Ahh, Nick is so nice. And Dana. Can we appreciate people like her?
C32: Why do people have to be so unthinking? I mean, this is a terrible case. It doesn’t mean everything is face value.
C33: Wait, what? I was not expecting him to be here. So shook. Nearly dropped my phone reading that sentence.
TEL: I am even more confused. Just who is the Gemini Thief???
C34: Gah, is this another false lead? Or is it finally settling in place? Sitting on the edge of my seat.
C35: I am shook. (I think that’s my go-to phrase when things happen in stories I didn’t see coming. At all.)
C36: I am screaming. It’s not supposed to happen this way!!!
TEL 1: Light! Let there be light!
TEL 2: Balloons, what a brilliant idea!
TEL 3: someone please see the balloons.
TEL 4: Da. Ba. Loons!
TEL 5: Nooo. Don’t do that!
TEL 6: I am crying. Really. So many things are going so wrong, it’s not supposed to be like this!
C37: My heart is all over the place. Honestly, I wasn’t prepared for this.
C38: Thea. I’m glad she’s come full circles, that she does give up. We all need that kind of craziness in us.
C39: The bells. So iconic.
TEL: Can we stop doing this to Aulus? Can we not just give him hot chocolate and donuts?
C40: I am crying 😭 I feel like not enough crying will justify what this story did to me.
Epilogue: Ahh, not quite there but also there.
A Final Note to the Reader: Wait, what is this supposed to mean? Inspired by true events??
- Okay, so from the jumbled notes above, you can get a good idea of what this book is like. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions, mysteries, and symbolism. I loved the father-daughter relationship and the overall arc of the MC and her father. I liked how the characters I first penned would be “flat” turned out to be more developed than I imagined.
- The writing was alright, but the pacing felt a little jagged and weird. Maybe it’s because I don’t generally read suspense/mystery genres that much? I’m a fan of letters and diaries (or other means of telling a story), so that was definitely a plus for me. Each chapter felt kind of short for my liking, but in this case it worked since it’s supposed to be fast-paced. (But then the pacing was kind of weird. It picked itself up toward the half of the book.)
- I really loved the premise and the overall idea of the book. This book managed to surprise me even though at times I thought I knew what was coming. (Spoiler: I had no idea.) It totally wrecked my emotions and flipped the expectations back on my head. And the castle. Can we just take a moment to appreciate that there’s a castle in the contemporary suspense/mystery genre?
What did you think? Do you enjoy emotional fast-paced books? Have you ever encountered books where your emotions were murdered by the author? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!