Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila (Lila #1) by Sarah Alderson

Book description (from Goodreads) –

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever. After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust – her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them. In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone – there are others out there just like her – people with special powers – and her mother’s killer is one of them…


Lila’s life was shattered at the age of twelve when her mother was murdered. Not only did she lose her mother, but she also had to say good-bye to her brother, Jack, and his best friend, Alex, after her father decided to move back to his home-town of London following Lila’s mother’s death. Jack refused to move to London and instead moved in with his best friend’s family.

Lila feels lonely and isolated in London, and when she survives a mugging by using her hidden ability – the power to move objects with her mind – Lila decides that she cannot stay in London any longer. She heads to Southern California – to Jack and Alex. Alex – who she has been in love with for most of her life. She knows that her brother and Alex work for a military organisation known as The Unit, and that is all Lila knows. The work at The Unit is secretive…too secretive. She wants to know more about Jack and Alex’s work, and while she understands that their job is top secret, she knows that something isn’t quite right. When Lila finds out the Jack and Alex have used contacts from The Unit to track down her mother’s killer, she worries that it is too dangerous, that her brother and Alex could be killed.

Soon Lila has even more reasons to be worried. The Unit are closing in on her mother’s killer – a killer who just happens to have abilities similar to Lila’s. What will happen to Lila if her brother and Alex find out that she has an ability too? Will they understand or will they think that she is just as evil as her mother’s killer?


I loved, loved, loved this novel. With an unforgettable opening sentence, Hunting Lila had me enthralled from the very first page. This is definitely a novel that I will read again and again.

Hunting Lila is full of twists and turns that I never saw coming. I was in complete awe of the twists author Sarah Alderson created. There were so many moments throughout the novel where I found myself thinking, “wow”. Just when I thought I had everything figured out something would happen, and I would be left questioning just who Lila could trust. I was eagerly turning the pages wanting to know more, to find out more.

Lila is one of those characters that you just cheer for. She has been through so much, and I wanted her to find some happiness. It is clear that she deeply loves Alex, and I loved how she recalled the moments that made her fall in love with him.

Alex is protective, loyal, and very kind. He knows just how much Lila has been through – with the death of her mother and living in London – and he doesn’t want to see her hurt. There is a mutual respect and friendship between them.

All the characters contribute to the story; no-one sits in the background. They all have an impact. Quite a few characters are introduced throughout the novel, and not once did it become confusing.

Sarah Alderson has a beautiful writing style. It’s smooth, flows perfectly and her words and story are captivating. She captures the readers attention from the opening sentence and holds it until the final word is read.

Elegantly written, and with action, suspense, mystery and romance on every page, Hunting Lila is a must read.



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