Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Lorelei McAllister has lived with her grandparents in Riley’s Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight Book 1) by [ Jones, Darynda. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading Loading. keeps to her paranormal roots in Death and the Girl Next Door. Sixteen year old Lorelei has visions that she can’t control and keeps hidden.

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Ten years ago, Lorelei McAlister’s parents disappeared without a trace, and she is finally beginning to accept the fact that they’re never coming back. Life must go on. She’s got her grandparents and the support of her best friends, and high school is not quite as painful as she thought it would be.

Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, tough, sexy Jared Kovach – comes to school.

Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other, and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei?

And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Death and the Girl Next Door proves Darynda Jones is a force to be reckoned with.

PS Yes, I know I didn’t talk a lot about what happened in the story, but but but spoilers. It’s hard to say anything without giving everything away. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Sophomore Year Was Never Supposed to be This Complicated Ten years ago, Lorelei McAlister’s parents disappeared without a trace, and she is finally beginning to accept the fact that they’re never coming back.

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I’ve got a question and I was wondering if anyone could tell me, because I’ve googled it in every way I could think of and I still haven’t got an answer My only clue is still the title. Does Death have a part as a character in these books or not?

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Because this is pretty much my only motivation to read it, I’ve been looking for books with Death as a character for a while now. And I’ve got another suggestion for a book Existence is a YA fantasy book and Death is the main love interest. It is also one of my favorite …more Hello!

It is also one of my favorite books ever! I used to think Lorelei was Elwyn in a parallel universe,could that be it? Gabriela Yeah, I’m also confused bc the story seams similar. See all 5 questions about Death and the Girl Next Door…. Lists with This Book. I apologize for my gushing status updates in the beginning. Please, don’t pick this book up because of them. I’m not sure what happened here, but this book is nowhere near the caliber I expect from Jones.


The plot made no sense, the humor dried up, and the male posturing was so over-the-top that it became absurd and incredibly annoying. I had to make a new shelf just for this book – “you disappointed me” – and it saddens me to put it there.

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If the beginning hadn’t been so enjoyable I would’ve gi I apologize for my gushing status updates in the beginning. If the beginning hadn’t been so enjoyable I would’ve given this 1 star, and perhaps I should do just that because of the spoiled potential.

So, you have the main girl who thinks she’s ugly and not special though of course she’s quite the oppositetwo sassy best friends, the mean popular girl and her minions, and two preternaturally hot guys who are at each other’s throats constantly. And I mean, constantly. If they aren’t fist-fighting they’re trading sarcastic quips or glowering at one another. And once you learn why the one boy hates the other boy it becomes stupid, especially when he learns the truth and still carries on.

Seriously, dude, you’re just embarrassing yourself now. I can’t believe this book was published the way it was; there are some parts of the story where the action is so haphazardly pieced together that you’re forced to re-read just to be able to follow along. There are also way too many plot points crammed into one book, which adds to the confusion.

Was this a paranormal romance? A book about angels? A book about demon hunters? And not a single one was fully developed. This book was a total mess. It felt like a rough draft that nobody bothered to check for continuity or plausibility before sending it out to the printers.

It’s full of the same old, same old that’s being churned out hand over fist and it’s so disappointing to see a book like this with Jones’s name on it. I honestly wish I hadn’t read it and I think I’m going to pretend it doesn’t exist because I love Jones’s adult series and this foray into YA fiction was a complete letdown. A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley. View all 18 comments. Jan 19, Giselle rated it really liked it Shelves: I became a big fan of Darynda Jones when I read her adult series that proceeded to make me giggle spontaneously for days.

Within the first 20 pages, I already had taken note of a handful of awesome quotable lines; I knew I was in for a good time! Lorelei’s parents have mysteriously disappeared, and now she seems to have a stalker – or two. Lorelei, as I already expected from Darynda’s characters, is witty a I became a big fan of Darynda Jones when I read her adult series that proceeded to make me giggle spontaneously for days.

Lorelei, as I already expected from Darynda’s characters, is witty and smart, and she can hold her own which is always a plus to create a character that is easy to root for. She also has two fabulous best friends who are lively, supportive, and provide us with plenty of humoristic banter.

Cameron and Jared – both hot, both uniquely compelling, both defensive towards Lorelei. Who else automatically thinks Love Triangle? You don’t have anything to worry about, however, this book is actually void of any love triangle. Regardless if this is good news to you or not, you can look forward to a sexy, steamy, and swoon-worthy romance. These boys are not without secrets. Once we get a glimpse at what Jared’s powers are, a gazillion questions arise: About his abilities, Cameron’s strong dislike towards him – basically, just what the heck is happening.


I found it exceedingly interesting, unquestionably original, but I was dying for answers; it takes a while before details are finally given up.

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I was expecting Lorelei, when observing a very surreal scene, to ahd for answers, no, demand answers. She doesn’t, ddarynda was surprising for her character and a little dooor. She was obviously in some sort of shock and worrying about the boy’s injuries, but I still felt like the information was being dragged out needlessly. Cameron makes a huge deal about how Jared does not belong here and is dangerous, he also keeps calling him an “it”, yet he refuses to answer any questions.

You know, like someone who shows off that they’re “in the know” and you’re not. Maybe I’m simply too impatient, but this is how it came off. When we eventually get the inside scoop, we’ve got an incredibly unique spin on death, the angel of death, and how Lorelei fits into all of this.

Knowing the theme of the plot, there is some mention of God and religion but it’s kept light and pertinent to the story.

This is all followed by thrilling twists and turns, one in particular I found myself stupefied by how awesome and fascinating it was. It’s also one that I look forward to exploring in the following installment, which promises to be positively exciting.

Entertaining, unique, and down-right sexy, Death and the Girl Next Door is an absolute must read! The characters are convincing, their relationships and surroundings are realistic, and the parents are present – which I was particularly pleased with.

It’s not as persistently sarcastic as her adult series, but there’s plenty of humoristic, sassy dialogue. For Darynda’s first foray in the Young Adult genre I was very satisfied and I’m convinced that fans will undoubtedly enjoy it. Now to end with requisite Darynda quotables: And people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens. View all 27 comments. Nov 10, hayden rated it liked it Shelves: Review Darynda Jones, you rock my world.

At the beginning of her writing career, she brought us the stunning First Grave on the Right, which was filled to the brim with laughs and clever wit.

After that were the next two books in the Charley Davidson series, which abd filled with the laughter and wit, but in even greater amounts.

Those books made my spleen hurt from laughter. Then, on October 2,Jones did something extraordinary.

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She ventured into YA. The YA genre as a whole has grown a lot over the last few years, yet Jones still manages to bring something fresh, unique and downright hilarious to the table.

Death and the Girl Next Door is, at least in my opinion, Darynda’s best book yet.