My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: January 8th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, High School, Romance, Family
Overall, I found this to be much less eye-roll-worthy than ONE OF US IS LYING. The author still is too much in love with stereotypes… I mean, homecoming queens dying? Please. But I felt more engaged somehow with only two narrators, a boy and a girl (Ellery and Malcolm), love interests to each other and both involving themselves in the mystery case(s). Both are likeable and smart(ish) leads. Actually, anything I say about one of them basically immediately applies to the other because, frankly, they have such similar voices it’s hard at times to distinguish them.
The twin element was smart. There’s a very direct link to it in the very last sentence of this book, which gave me shivers. WOAH. That’s one of the best last sentences I’ve ever read. Out of context, it’s heh. But because of everything that happens, it’s just perfectly placed and perfectly creepy. At times, this book will give you A SIMPLE FAVOR vibes. (Anyone watched the movie?). I feared the author would parallel the two stories a little too much to stay on her own course and not end up using ideas from that one, but fortunately that never happened. Thank God. I didn’t see anything coming.
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