Look, I know I’m a grown up, and thus, suspect, but, kids, I promise this is solid advice: Don’t hang out with guys who have dead girlfriends piling up in their wake. It’s dumb. I know you think he needs you to rescue him. I understand. Still. If you still don’t believe me, you can read this book, which will tell you something different, but will ultimately prove my point.
When Charlie’s best friend is found floating in the Mississippi, the obvious suspect is the new guy in town. After all, the last girl to leave a party with John also ended up dead. But Charlie knows that Megan was keeping secrets, and her gut tells her that the biggest threat in her small town is not John. The alternating narrative between Charlie and John, has appeal for both male and female readers, but it does result in some repetition of events, which slows the pace. There are plenty of secrets and suspects, but I was able to guess the murderer long before the characters puzzled it out, so most readers will find their experience is more about the tension of dramatic irony than suspense. The action is fairly well paced, but I did find the resolution was a little overly complicated, and, ultimately it demanded a suspension of disbelief I wasn’t prepared for in a contemporary mystery. I think this is an enjoyable, if average read. It is a little edgy, and it certainly feels like the threat to characters is real, so I think my high school readers, the target audience, will find it engaging. More discerning readers will find it less compelling.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.