If one is dead…
I normally stay away from thrillers like this. Half the time the ending is way too predictable that I tend to steer clear of crime books, thrillers, and the like.
One of the girls on follow on Goodreads had added it to her To Read list, so I thought maybe I’d check it out, as well… after all, it does fit at least one of the categories on our reading challenge. *wink*
This is a stand alone novel.
Twins Ellery and Ezra are sent to live with a grandmother they barely know when their mother gets admitted to rehab, in the small – but infamous – town of Echo Ridge… where their aunt went missing at the age of 17. To top that, five years prior the Homecoming Queen was found murdered.
Before school even begins, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.
This town is so full of secrets. Ellery’s mother, her grandmother, the boy down the road, and well.. just about everyone is hiding something. And secrets can be dangerous.
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So, where to start…
I thought the beginning was moving slowly, it definitely doesn’t move as fast other thrillers I’ve read, could be because this is a YA Thriller. Could also just be the authors style. That being said, we do find a body within the first several chapters.
Facts, clues, and theories spread slowly after that. The author does a decent job of throwing Curve balls here and there, trying to lead you in different directions.
I felt like the constant reminder of the past just weighed down the story too much, its definitely not needed in Every. Chapter.
The ending though… wow. It was definitely unexpected.
I love that the author created these characters that are seemingly away for a majority of stereotypes. The two main characters being biracial (one of which is gay), and then an Asian support character (who is bisexual).
Other than that however, nothing really stuck out about them. A few could have had more development, more depth. I found it difficult to connect with any of them.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad read.
I rated the book 3.5 stars. 🙂