Published by Disney Electronic Content on November 15th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mysteries & Detective Stories
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won't say who fired the shot that killed their friend, Grant; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. Kate Marino's senior year internship at the District Attorney's Office isn't exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys' case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families. Kate won't let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has personal reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone—the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn't who she thought he was, and neither is Stone's prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn't uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line...including her own.
I don’t know where to start with this book. So if anything, let me just say that I loved it.
It was a random decision really. I’d added it to my Goodreads to-read list a while ago, and then the opportunity came to get two books, and I chose The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, and this one. #noregrets
So, let’s get to what most people ask themselves before reading a mystery.
Is it really mysterious, or is it a waste of time?
Of course, this is my personal take, but in this case, I agree with the other reviews I’ve read of the book. The big mystery is no joke, and the author really knows how to throw the breadcrumbs at an appropiate pace. I honestly don’t think this is a case where you ‘see the plot twist coming’, because it’s not about shocking you, it’s about guiding you through Kate’s journey in untangling what seems like an impossible case. Nothing really seems obvious so you can have your guesses, but it’s not one of those instances where you should have to worry about ‘figuring out everything from the start’.
What else is special about this story?
- I love that in the end, things perfectly match with the beginning. It’s that kind of book, and I loved it for that. Throughout the book, we get snippets from who’s obviously the one who killed Grant. We don’t get the name, of course, but the perspective of the killer is so, so enriching to the story. This person isn’t just standing around waiting to get caught!
- Kate is a very active part of the investigation, and there are parts where she describes videos she’s watching for her boss, since his sight is not very good. These are shown as literal transcripts in the book, and it brought an interesting layer since 1) transcripts are fun (I see you Illuminae) and 2) the change in format just made it more realistic, that this is an investigation.
- I appreciate the research that went into how criminal cases are handled, all the terminology and just the info about the legal system in general. I have no fucking clue about how that works, so while I know the author might have taken some creative liberties, it felt real. It was almost like watching Criminal Minds, with teenagers.
Do you like reading mysteries? Which was the last one you read? -Do you like Criminal Minds omg? I love each one of those geniuses!