Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
This YA mystery/thriller follows Cassidy who overhears Melody, one of the girls who bullies her at school, screaming but when she goes to see what happened Melody isn’t there. Cassidy knows right away that something bad has happened to Melody but no one believes her. With a dark past that Cassidy can’t overcome and her involvement in fake planning Melody’s murder, Cassidy starts to spiral as she tries to figure out who did it and how they know her hypothetical plan.
This is a very solid YA mystery/thriller that I know so many people will enjoy. Ichaso balances the complexities of being a teenager really well with the drama of solving Melody’s disappearance. There was quite a few twists and turns in this story that I found myself guessing who did it all the way to the reveal. And the reveal did not disappoint and it was such a great ending to a well told story.
The story did start off a little slow but as the plot progressed so did my enjoyment of the story. I think for me I had no connection with the characters and I am very much a character over plot kind of a reader. So once I started to know Cassidy and the people around her I became more invested in how everything was going to play out. Cassidy also has a best friend, Gideon, and I really like how their whole subplot played out. When there wasn’t as much going on with the mystery there would be drama playing out between the two of them and it helped keep me engrossed in the book.
If you enjoy YA mystery/thrillers then I highly recommend this one to you. I feel like it is a fresh take on the genre and it isn’t afraid to show how dark people can be. I also think that if you enjoy YA contemporaries and you want to branch out a little then this would be a good one to try since it does have some teen drama in it as well as the mystery. Also, this cover is so creepy and I’m happy to say that there is an aspect of this book that deals with a creepy doll so it does tie into the story.
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