Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson


40916679._SY475_Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth? ” (Goodreads)

Honestly, I have no idea why it has taken me so long to read this book. I remember seeing it on NetGalley last year and then realizing it was for the UK so off to Book Depository I went to buy that copy, ha! I have had it sitting on my shelf for a year and in that time it has come out in the US. Dang. Clearly I have a “book buying but not reading them” problem.

Anyways, this was such an exciting and thrilling ride! So thrilling that I got scared reading from different parts and even though it was past my bedtime I still stayed up to finish it because how was I going to fall asleep anyways?

One cool thing about this book is the format. The main character Pippa is doing a school project based on this murder that happened five years ago. Since it’s a project, every chapter has interview styled pages, notebook pages, and diagrams. These really added to the whole project thing and took the book to a whole new level. It reminded me of Sadie in that way.

I like reading mystery/thrillers because it’s more about the plot than the characters. I don’t have to feel a connection towards them and it’s fine. I did feel bad for certain characters though because some of the things they went through were rough.

The plot was everything I wanted and more! I really wasn’t sure how this would play out but the plot twists were so intriguing that when I would reach one it would make the book too hard to put down. There are so many things going on and so many connections between the characters that it’s hard to ever pin point the murderer. I had no idea who it was/how it happened and was very surprised when the truth came out. Looking back on it now I should have known, ha!

Overall, this was a really good book. I have been looking for a new YA Mystery / Thriller author and I will most definitely be checking out her other books that will be part of a series with this one. I already ordered the second book on Book Depository! Ha.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)



E-Arc Review: Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso


45304069._SY475_Title: Little Creeping Things
Author: Chelsea Ichaso
Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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“When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down.

But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.

Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.” (Goodreads)

I’ve been needing to read a YA Thriller and this cover is very enticing! Dolls can be quite creepy. There were definitely great things about this book but there were a couple things that were confusing or I didn’t understand.

Cassidy is not very popular at school thanks to mean girl Melody. Her life has been ruined since the day Melody’s cousin died in a fire and Cassidy was to blame. This one incident has made Cass unreliable because she can’t remember the events of that day and no one wants to believe her when it comes to Melody’s disappearance.

I liked Cass as a character. Unreliable characters make for an intriguing plot because everything is wishy washy and she starts looking crazy.

This is definitely more plot driven since a lot of the characters are there to move it along. I was okay with this minus for the killer. I didn’t expect them because there wasn’t much about them or why until the very end. Don’t get me wrong, I love to be surprised but I still don’t understand why they would do it.

There is a relationship blooming between Cass and another character. It was fine. There is a lot of drama, not just because of the murder, between them but I liked their ending.

Overall, it was a good thriller and kept me engaged until the end.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

E-Arc Review: I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick


41966293._SY475_Title: I Killed Zoe Spanos
Author: Kit Frick
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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For fans of Sadie and Serial, this gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost.

What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…

When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected—and that she knows what happened to her.

Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Kit Frick weaves a thrilling story of psychological suspense that twists and turns until the final page.” (Goodreads)

When the premise said for fans of Sadie I knew I had to read this one. I thoroughly enjoyed that book! YA Mystery/Thrillers are my guilty pleasure and they are so easy to get caught up in. I Killed Zoe Spanos was no exception!

Anna is tired of the party/drinking life. She is ready to get away from it all which lands her in the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills. There isn’t much we know about her besides that and her dad hasn’t been in her life for a long time. Her new job as a nanny takes up a lot of her time. It would also probably be quite tiring, haha.

I don’t think I really ever felt a connection towards her, or any of the other characters, because there wasn’t much to go off of. I wasn’t upset by this because books like this are always about the mystery/thrill!

The unique thing about this book is the layout. There are podcasts, interviews with the police, and chapters from before the the disappearance of Zoe and after all from Anna’s perspective. I love when books do this! It adds so much and gives you more than one way to look at all the evidence. Even with it all, I still didn’t guess who the real culprit was. I kept going back and forth and I was so surprised!

Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot! I can see why they would compare it with Sadie. It is thrilling and will have you not wanting to put it down until you know what really happened!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

E-Arc Review: The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee


48138766._SY475_Title: The Sullivan Sisters
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Contemporary
Publication Date: July 8th, 2020 (maybe, Amazon and NetGalley both say different things, ha)

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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Time changes things.

That painful fact of life couldn’t be truer for the Sullivan sisters. Once, they used to be close, sharing secrets inside homemade blanket castles. Now, life in the Sullivan house means closed doors and secrets left untold.

Fourteen-year-old Murphy, an aspiring magician, is shocked by the death of Siegfried, her pet turtle. Seventeen-year-old Claire is bound for better things than her Oregonian hometown—until she receives a crushing rejection from her dream college. And eighteen-year-old Eileen is nursing a growing addiction in the wake of life-altering news.

Then, days before Christmas, a letter arrives, informing the sisters of a dead uncle and an inheritance they knew nothing about. The news forces them to band together in the face of a sinister family mystery…and, possibly, murder.” (Goodreads)

If you are looking for a YA mystery/thriller well don’t pick this one up because the labeling of this book is very misleading.

There are family secrets laced within the pages and although there is death involve it isn’t shocking and it doesn’t even play a major role. From the premise I thought that this book would be completely different than what I actually read. I couldn’t find myself connecting to any of the sisters and sometimes their voices mumbled together. They were at least diverse in their weaknesses, sexuality, and what they planned to do as they got older.

The one thing I did like about this book was the theme of sisterhood and family. Although family wasn’t as big as sisterhood. Sister relationships are very important to me since I have three sisters. I did like that the girls got everything off their chest and worked to better their bond through the experiences they faced with the family mystery. It brought them and even their mom together which was nice to see.

The plot, as stated above, was not what I was expecting. There are elements that could make it a mystery but definitely not a thriller. I liked the stories that were told by the townsfolk surrounding the family but other than that there wasn’t much going on. The book seemed to drag on at times and the plot twists that were presented just didn’t surprise me.

Overall, it was just okay. I was expecting a lot more.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Mini Book Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas


32025253._SY475_Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: April 19th, 2016

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The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.” (Goodreads)

Kara Thomas is my favorite YA Mystery/Thriller author and this book by far was my favorite one I have read by her!

I happened to read this at night alone and then with every sound I heard I got nervous/scared, haha. I even read past my usual bedtime because it was just too hard to put down. I needed to know how everything played out.

There were definitely times I questioned Tessa and Callie’s decisions because they got really close to getting caught. I think that’s what was so great about this book was the suspense.

There were a lot of moving pieces and plot twists coming from every angle. I kept trying to figure out who it was and when I thought I knew another clue came and then I was back to square one.

If you haven’t read a book by Kara Thomas yet then I highly suggest starting with this one. It’s just so good!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Blog Tour: Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer (Review)


43720997Title: Frozen Beauty
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Contemporary
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020

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“Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….

No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.

But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.

Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.” (Goodreads)

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gCtrFZpALexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, an all-woman creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Frozen Beauty,Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by Harper Collins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.

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I absolutely love the cover for this one! The premise grabbed me and I liked that this book would  deal with sister bonds. As one who has three sisters, there is nothing like the bond we share. I was happy with how this book turned out.

The most unique part of this book was how the chapters were separated between past and present. I also liked that there were other things like diary pages from the youngest sister Lilly. Through the chapters there are also different point-of-views all told through third person.

Tessa is on a mission to set Boyd free and figure out what actually happened to her older sister on that fateful night. She is a strong and brave character for doing that. For me, it would be quite hard since you are still going through the grief. I don’t know how she managed to stay afloat. She definitely was closer to her older sister but there are such sweet moments between her and Lilly,  her youngest sister.

Lilly wasn’t too present in the present but her diary pages were a nice touch and added to the past. I don’t know if she missed her older sister as much as Tessa since it seemed like she got over it rather quickly but everyone grieves in their own way.

There are quite a few other characters that play into the mystery surrounding their sister’s death and honestly, I had a hard time figuring out who/why it all happened. The ending was not what I expected!

The author’s words and layout of the book really draw you into the mystery. It was hard to put it down and I ended up reading it in one day. There were just so many moving parts to it all!

Overall, it was a good read and I’ll definitely be checking out this author’s other books because I liked her writing style.


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E-Arc Review: All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault


41814737._SY475_Title: All the Pretty Things
Author: Emily Arsenault
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death.

For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is different.

One morning, Morgan finds a dead body. It’s their former classmate and coworker Ethan. To make matters worse, Morgan is taken to a hospital psych ward only days later, and she’s not saying much–not even to Ivy.

The police claim that Ethan simply took a bad fall, but Ivy isn’t convinced and realizes it’s up to her to get answers. What she finds is unsettling–it’s clear that some people aren’t being honest about Ethan’s last night at Fabuland. Including Morgan. And the more secrets Ivy uncovers, the closer she gets to unraveling dark truths that will change her life forever.” (Goodreads)


When I saw the blurb for this and it said for fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders, I was sold! Two books I really enjoyed so I wasn’t going to to pass up on the opportunity to request this. It did keep my interest throughout but it was lacking in a few areas.

I’ll start off with the positives. The one thing I like about mysteries/thrillers is that you don’t have to connect with the characters. The book is mostly plot driven. This book was engaging and I was quickly swept into the mystery surrounding Ethan’s death. I felt like Ivy who was trying to piece everything together. To be honest, I never saw the ending coming. I had suspicions of people it could be but the author does a great job of reverting your attention away.

My biggest complaint would be that the premise feels different than what I had read. I guess I understand the title now after dwelling on it for a bit. I also felt that, besides most of the characters working there, the amusement park wasn’t as big in the book. I know others have felt the same so it isn’t just a me thing.

The ending was fine. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I think that it takes away from it being a thriller and the only mystery is the death which I can’t say much about because of spoilers.

Other than that, the writing was great! The pacing was also nicely done. I will definitely be watching this author for more books.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)


Blog Tour: The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Review + Favorite Quotes)


G_ALlEEg.jpgTitle: The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: YA Mystery/ Thriller
Publication Date: January 21st, 2020

Thanks to the publisher for the free copy! (I received a copy for reviewing. All opinions are my own.)

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New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.” (Goodreads)

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_ZeehEdw.jpgMaureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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reviewheaderMy first thoughts are I can’t believe this series has finally come to an end! I remember picking up the first book in the middle of this year because I needed a break from Fantasy. Little did I know that this series would be the first ever YA Mystery/Thriller books I would read and devour! I’m so glad I was able to read the final installment a bit early and it didn’t disappoint.

Stevie is back and closer than ever to solving the crime of the century and the deaths that have taken the lives of people she knows in the present. If there is one thing to learn from her is that she doesn’t ever give up. It’s such a great quality and I think more people should be like that. I also like that she doesn’t let any reward dictate how or why she wants to solve the cases. Greed isn’t a part of her and I think that is another great quality.

The other characters that have been around since book one are back as well. Some take more of a backseat approach but I was happy to see them all back.

One of the reasons I love this series so much is because of the past and present chapters. It’s cool to see everything come together and understand what all transpired in the kidnapping of Alice. It was honestly more sad than I thought it would be.

A lot went into each case and I was blind sided by it all! I really didn’t know who actually did the present murders and I was baffled when I finally found out! The twists kept coming and they were all perfect.

Overall, I thought it was a great ending and wrapped up the loose ends nicely. The author’s writing is always enjoyable to read and it makes it hard to try and put her books down. If you haven’t started this series yet and you like mysteries, definitely check these books out!

Here are a few quotes that I picked out to share. All quotes can change and may be different when the book is published.

“She’s like the owl, hunted in the dark and the shadows, looking for something new that would get her more clicks.”

The reason I picked this one out was because it really spoke to me about how our society is now when it comes to social media. There are many people out there that are waiting for their 5 seconds of fame and will do anything to continue the cycle.

“That was one of the most important parts of being a detective: keep your eye on the gun.”

There wasn’t really a specific reason for writing this one down besides the fact that it sounded cool and deadly. I also think that it can be applied to life with trusting others.

“”Murders don’t normally happen at the end of a book,” she said.”

When I read this I had to stop and think and realize that it is so true! They were talking about the Great Gatsby here and that is really the only book I can think of that has a death at the end. It’s really interesting to think about.


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Jane Anonymous: E-Arc Review


37650881._SY475_.jpgTitle: Jane Anonymous
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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“Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?” (Goodreads)

reviewheaderFrom the beginning of the first chapter, this book pulls you in. It’s gripping, heartbreaking, and talks about an issue that happens more than we would like to think. I loved everything about this book and am excited to share my thoughts with you.

The book begins with a prologue from the main character, Jane. She talks about this being about her days being captive and that this will be her outlet to tell her story. I enjoyed the aspect of this being like a memoir. It’s easy to feel connected with Jane because of it. There are also two different time periods: Then and Now. It helps to bring it all together.

Jane has a hard time dealing with what happened to her. She has to struggle with being paranoid of those around her and figuring out what normal is. It’s hard to adjust and at times she makes her room feel like the room she was held captive in. People don’t know how to talk to her after it all, including her friends. You just feel bad over and over again for Jane.

I enjoyed seeing the friendship rekindle between Jane and Jack. They were close to dating before she went missing. He gives her space and little by little she starts to open up to him. It was really sweet and those were my favorite moments of the book.

The plot is thrilling and it was hard to set it down for just a few minutes. I needed to know what happened and who the kidnapper was. There are a couple plot twists and one is quite major. I didn’t see it coming! Once you find out about it, it’s hard not to feel how Jane feels and you question everything you read.

Overall, I loved this book and its been hard not to think about it constantly. This author does a good job of making you feel so many ways. If you are a fan of YA Contemporary/Thrillers, I would highly suggest you check this one out!


Little Monsters: Book Review


32320750._SX318_Title: Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017



“Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.” (Goodreads)

border2My Review:

Kara Thomas has become one of my new favorite authors. I read her book The Cheerleaders a few months ago and really enjoyed it so of course, I picked up another one of her books when I felt a reading slump coming on from fantasy. This one did not disappoint!

I usually tend to read any thriller/mystery while my husband is home because I am a chicken. I don’t know why I do this to myself but I decided to start this one at night while he works third shift. It definitely was thrilling and had me looking around whenever I heard a sound. I also devoured it and read it in one sitting. It was too good to put down and I needed to know who the murderer was! The pacing was great and didn’t leave me feeling like I needed more.

One aspect of the book that I loved was the dual point of view. As the main character, Kacey has one and then her friend Bailey does as well. It was a bit confusing at the beginning to keep them straight but after the first two I didn’t have issues throughout the rest.

Kacey has had a troubled past when it comes to her family life. She goes through so much and even when she moves away from her mom’s lifestyle and gains friends she gets caught up in a big plot twist. (No spoilers here!) I loved her character and the indecisiveness she faces. She isn’t sure who to trust and I felt that way throughout so it was easy to connect.

The plot twists were unexpected and intense! They left me questioning every person in the book. I didn’t see any of them coming which is how I like it!

If you are looking for a great YA mystery/thriller then look no further! Go pick this one up!