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Young Adult Fiction 1602
An heart-pounding mystery with an ending that unfortunately falls flat.
(Updated: December 05, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
A heart-pounding mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat, until you fall right off, flat on your face with disappointment. This book did so well until it got to the end. Let's talk about the story a bit first...

Five boys went into the woods, and only four came out. What happened here? "In my tootsie pop voice," the world will never know. Just kidding, you do find out, and again, I will get to that.

Kate works for the district attorney's office when her boss is handed it's biggest case ever. The River Point Boys Case. Someone killed Grant and Kate, finds herself seeking her own personal justice, and putting herself in danger. The DA just wants the case to go away, but Kate and Mr. Stone are determined to find out what really happened--no matter what.

What I liked: Secrecy. There are a lot of secrets in this novel, which was perfect for build up and anticipation. I was on the literal edge of my seat, reading this novel.

The characters:The characters are really solid, and I was actually interested in seeing what happened with and to them. I was invested in the story. And for me that matters. You have to care about what happens to the characters, or why even read the book?

The romance: It was subtle, believable and cute. If this were a contemporary, I'm sure the romance would have been stellar. There's all the makings for it.

What I disliked: Drumroll, please...the ending. I was sorely disappointed. All the heart-pounding, all the build-up, all the anticipation couldn't put this book back together again. If I had to describe the ending in one word, it would be, boring. The reasoning, the reveal, all..boring.

It made sense but I think that's what bothered me, it made too much sense. It was too easy for my liking. I prefer my mysteries to be hard to solve, and even harder to figure out. When it's all said and done I want to say, "I didn't see that coming. I never would have expected that."

Aside from that it was an enjoyable read. I can't take that away from it--but I could have done without that easy ending. Endings mean a lot to me, just as much as, if not more than the beginning.

Despite that, recommended for mystery readers, and romance readers alike. Most readers will enjoy!
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