‘Need’ Needs To Be The First Off This List


Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what’s about to happen.

Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.


Zara is a confusing character. There were times where she would be bipolar over the things she believed in. Where one day she would totally disagree completely over something and the next she believes it entirely. She has a fascination with phobias and knows a lot of them, she believes that if you name something it’s not that scary anymore. Zara also has a problem hearing the truth, she either gets angry or denies it. There were moments where she is completely oblivious of the things around her which at times made the book predictable. Overall, Zara wasn’t my favorite. She made a lot of simple-minded decisions.

Nicks a bit of a lone wolf. He can be cocky and sarcastic but he’s not a player, he’s never dated a girl. He cares about Zara and is always there to help her. Nick has a tough relationship with his parents which is difficult for him. At first, I liked Nick he was charming and enjoyable but towards the end of the book, he began to judge Zara for something she can’t control and was a big jerk.

Issie’s personality reminds me of a hyper ten-year-old. She’s sweet and usually optimistic. I feel like she was in the book, in the beginning, a lot and towards the end she just kind of there. She was mentioned but not involved until the last chapter.

Devyn is a sweet guy. He was in an accident and now is in a wheelchair but he doesn’t let that affect his everyday life. He’s smart and caring. I liked Devyn he seemed nice but like Issie, he wasn’t involved so much towards the end of the book, it felt like he disappeared.


The plot mostly revolved around Zara’s stalker and the mystery of the boys who go missing. I feel like the author jumped into the stalker problem to fast and awkwardly. The first day of school Zara meets Issie and Devyn and they happen to see the stalker pointing at Zara, so she tells them that he’s her stalker. The next day Devyn and Issie are telling her that he’s a pixie, which is a strange conclusion just from seeing someone. They mention the internet a lot and it seems like all the information they find is from either the internet or books that they just happen to find in the library. There were times were parts of the book was predictable and there were parts where everything felt sped up.


The relationship between Zara and Nick started off slow but then speed up later on. It all starts off when Zara meets Nick on her first day of school and since then she can’t stop thinking about him. At first their friends but slowly their relationship starts to turn into an intense crush. They get along most of the time and seemed to genuinely care about each other. One thing that I didn’t like between their relationship is that Nick began to judge her for something she couldn’t control but when Zara found out his big secret, acted a little freaked out but at least she didn’t completely stop speaking to him.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 2.5 out of 5. The book, in my opinion, was blah. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Zara and Nick but I didn’t mind Devyn and Issie, I wish they were in the book more towards the end. To me, the plot felt messy. Everything seemed too coincidental and planned. The romance between Zara and Nick wasn’t my favorite, especially towards the end. This book is the first to be kicked off. You’ve just been reviewed.

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