After losing her mother, Cecelia moves in with her famous grandmother, who writes psychological thriller books for a living and has an almost cultish fan base in the town she lives in. Cecelia quickly becomes caught up in the town’s drama and mystery, as well as a possible murder that greatly reminds her of one of her grandmother’s books. Upon doing her own research, she soon finds that her mother based the book off of a true story that the town never solved. However, it is unclear whether the current murder that brings the town into a web of corruption and mystery is based off of the original murder or Cecelia’s grandmother’s book. She teams up with new friends in order to find the truth about both murders and bring justice to a longtime cold case.
I really enjoyed this book. I found the pacing to be quick and engaging. Additionally, the narration was very relatable and felt extremely real to the reader. The plot kept the reader guessing and the resolution to the murder was not overly obvious or completely obscure, so the mystery was tied up very well and it did not feel like there were many loose ends. I also liked how the book explored many different themes like political corruption, grief, and social class, instead of focusing solely on the murders.
The way that the book presented a very different kind of murder mystery than I’ve ever read before was very interesting and memorable. I liked how different it was that the characters were trying to solve two murders at once and observing the similarities between the two deaths. I also liked how the plot shined light on the history of the town and how it tied in to the murders. I found this memorable because other mysteries tend to focus solely on the murder at hand and nothing else.
Reviewed by Caitlin F., Glen Allen Branch Library