Friday, December 10, 2021

2022 Most Anticipated - The Honeys


The next book on this year's most anticipated list was described as Heathers meets Midsommer and that was enough for me to add it to my list.

Ryan La Sala's The Honeys was naturally going to have a spot on this list from the moment I heard about it. 

The Goodreads synopsis is definitely intriguing and I love that there is a mystery set at this prestigious retreat. 
From Ryan La Sala, the wildly popular author of Reverie, comes a twisted and tantalizing horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendor of a secluded summer retreat.

Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline's radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he can about his once-inseparable sister who'd grown tragically distant.

Mars's genderfluidity means he's often excluded from the traditions -- and expectations -- of his politically-connected family. This includes attendance at the prestigious Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy where his sister poured so much of her time. But with his grief still fresh, he insists on attending in her place.

What Mars finds is a bucolic fairytale not meant for him. Folksy charm and sun-drenched festivities camouflage old-fashioned gender roles and a toxic preparatory rigor. Mars seeks out his sister's old friends: a group of girls dubbed the Honeys, named for the beehives they maintain behind their cabin. They are beautiful and terrifying -- and Mars is certain they're connected to Caroline's death.

But the longer he stays at Aspen, the more the sweet mountain breezes give way to hints of decay. Mars’s memories begin to falter, bleached beneath the relentless summer sun. Something is hunting him in broad daylight, toying with his mind. If Mars can't find it soon, it will eat him alive. 
How amazing does this sound?! I am already looking forward to the setting of this one. I am excited to see what the Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy is like.

1. The murder mystery! It's set in the Catskills (if I recall correctly) and that seems like a fantastic place for a mystery.

2. The comparison to Heathers was enough to get me to read these. They may not have the same name but I am already both excited and terrified to meet The Honeys.

3. There is a hazy, almost dream like quality to the end of the synopsis with Mars memories faltering. I am excited to see if the tone of the book captures that promise. I want parts of this book to read like a fever dream.

The Honeys releases May 3, 2022. This means you can read it during the summer which is when this is set! It's perfect and will offer up a mystery read for the beach season.

You can find out more by following Ryan's Twitter or website

Be sure to stop by Monday for the next book on my 2022 most anticipated list. Are you also a fan of books that revolve around a mystery? Let me know in the comments.

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