Isn’t the title alone enough to make you want to read this book ASAP? Thankfully, in this case, the story lived up to the title and then some. *Big thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinions!* (This book was already published in the UK but is being released in hardcover in the US.)
Everyone in Fairview knows the story.
Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.
But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?
Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.
This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect.
Let me just say that my mind is blown that this is the author’s debut novel. It’s clear that she’s a fan of true crime and she’s now on my list of go-to authors, so I’m very excited to see there is another book coming out soon!
This book is perfect for weirdos like me who love true crime, the idea of solving a murder (or two), and dark stories of human behavior. Holly Jackson did everything right with this book. It’s dark but still has hopeful aspects, it’s twisted and makes you second guess everything you think you know, it has a lot of details that make the case feel so very real, and it combines so many different emotions, backgrounds, and conflicts to make the story whole.
The characters were great. Pip was a solid lead and I want to be her friend, that simple. She’s smart, brave, kind, and relentless on her hunt to prove Sal’s innocence. Every other character is a suspect who cannot be trusted and I loved the constantly-evolving theories about whodunnit.
There are so many twists throughout this book that keep the storyline fast-paced, but there are also elements on grief, family dynamics, community, and secrecy that help make the story feel more real and well-rounded. Amidst all the darkness and sadness in this book there are still hopeful and funny elements that keep this from being too depressing.
There’s definitely a thriller aspect to this story as the threats toward Pip increase in frequency and have real consequences. There are parts of the book where I started to feel like it was me being watched, which just emphasizes how great the writing is.
I can’t say much about the specific scenes or characters in the book without giving away some of the fun surprises, so I’ll stop this review here. There isn’t one thing I dislikes about this book and want to complain about. Please read this book ASAP so I can have someone to talk to about it 😫
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