Author: Elizabeth Woods
Release Date: January 2011
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Rating: 3.65 stars
Review: Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara's life changes overnight. But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. You're supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger?
CHOKER is one of my new favorite psychological suspense novels! The plot is fascinating, grabbing you in from the first page and refusing to let go, and while it's not the most super unique plot to be floating around, it's definitely not derivative. Most importantly in a novel of this genre, there are plenty of plot twists that make you reel in shock at what just happened.
Most notable of these was the ending itself. I was honestly shocked when I read it, and it quite literally gave me chills. In retrospect, I totally should have seen it coming, but I guess it's the mark of an amazing ending when everything clicks and you feel that way. To some extent, it's all the ending that makes me give it such a high rating.
All in all, CHOKER was a fantastic book and there's not really much more to say than that. From a plot that basically never lets you go to an ending accompanied by many plot twists that makes you want to put down the book and stare at the wall, this is a novel that everyone should read - especially fans of psychological suspense!