Author: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Walker Children's (September 17, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.
My Thoughts and Review:
I love a good mystery and I also love the young adult genre but sadly there are very few mysteries in the YA genre, so when I do find one, I make it a point to read it.
This definitely was right up my alley. Never knowing who to believe, who to like or even whom to trust. I love a book that can make me pause and think and question everything around me.
Who killed Rachel and why? Which one of the three boys in Jaycee's life is to blame and how much do they know that they are covering up? And most importantly, will the messages that Rachel left Jaycee help her solve the mystery once and for all or will it just put Jaycee in even more danger than she already is?
Did I mention that I love a good mystery? This had so many different possibilities, so many twists and turns and deceit and deception that I couldn't help but lap up every single delicious minute of it. Never knowing if my gut instinct was right or if I was so completely wrong it was laughable.
Jaycee was the perfect heroine. She was timid and shy and very self conscious of what she looked like and how she acted. She was a follower, not a leader. Never one to be outspoken or to stand up for herself. I know, I know, you are asking yourself right now why any of that makes her the perfect heroine but wait, I'm getting to that part.
You see, that shy, timid little girl grows up and she grows up a lot. Into someone bold and daring and strong. Someone determined to right the wrongs and to make a difference. Someone with a mission.
I really did enjoy constantly guessing whodunit and waiting to see if I was right or wrong and what new twist or clue in the story would show up and change everything I thought I had figured out.
I really do think the YA genre really needs more mysteries because this was so much fun and I can't wait to get my hands on another one. Wolf really outdid herself and created something that I really think anyone would enjoy and I really hope she writes more of.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*