It Should Have Been You

It Should Have Been You

 
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It Should Have Been You
Age Range
16+
Release Date
January 30, 2018
ISBN
978-1624145162
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Seventeen-year-old Clara Seibert ghostwrites an advice column for her school’s newspaper. She’s funny, feisty, and cares deeply about making a difference in people’s lives, but her own personal problems threaten to overwhelm her. Five months ago, her twin, Moura, was murdered.

Soon threatening emails start to arrive at her staff inbox. Convinced that her email stalker blames Clara for her sister’s death and is out for revenge, she decides to undertake her own investigation. Can she solve the murder in time to save herself?

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“Once I decided to kill her, the rest was surprisingly easy.”

This book had me at the tagline: “Once I decided to kill her, the rest was surprisingly easy.”

It Should Have Been You is a gripping tale of Clara Seibert’s journey to prove herself innocent of her twin sister’s brutal murder. In the midst of a family falling apart, rumors of her involvement in her sister’s death, and a detective that doesn’t believe her, Clara receives menacing threats, warning her that she’s next. Taking matters into her own hands, she tackles her own investigation, Nancy Drew style.

What I loved:
In true thriller fashion, the author had me constantly guessing who the murderer was and who was threatening Clara. The mystery alone kept the pages turning long into the night.

What left me wanting more:
I struggled to identify the ideal reader for this book. In some ways, it is very young. The romance is especially good for an age appropriate clean read for young teens. But at the same time, there are instances where the book is not as appropriate for a younger audience. The author tackles some tough subjects that are perfect for the older spectrum of reader, but the central and secondary characters and plot scale a bit too young for that reader, leaving It Should Have Been You somewhere in between. While the mystery is masterfully planned and revealed in perfect little increments, the dialogue falls short. These young teens come across as very young, but some of their vernacular is quite dated and feels forced at times.

Final Verdict:
It Should Have Been You is full of twists and turns, and all the suspense thriller fans crave. Clara’ sleuthing will have readers constantly guessing, right up to the very end.

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