We Were Kings

We Were Kings
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February 01, 2022
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A twenty-year-old crime, an accelerated death penalty, and an elitist family cover-up: Nyla races against the death row clock to save a woman the world is rooting for . . . and against. Which side will you choose?
Twenty years ago, eighteen-year-old Francis Quick was convicted of murdering her best friend, Cora King, and sentenced to death. Now the highly debated Accelerated Death Penalty Act has passed giving Frankie thirty final days to live. Surprising everyone, one of the King family members sets out to challenge the woefully inadequate evidence and potential innocence of Frankie Quick.

The at-first reluctant but soon-fiery Nyla and her unexpected ally—handsome country island boy Sam Stack—bring Frankie’s case to the international stage through her YouTube channel, Death Daze. They step into fame and a hometown battle that someone’s still willing to kill over. But who? The senator? The philanthropist? The pawn shop owner? Nyla’s own mother?

Best advice: Don’t go to family dinner at the Kings’ estate. More people will leave in body bags than on their own two feet. And as for Frankie Quick, she’s a gem . . . even if she’s guilty.

Praise for We Were Kings:
We Were Kings is the best kind of mystery novel—intelligent and bursting with heart. As Nyla untangled her family's secrets, the twists left me breathless.” —Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author

“Bingeable. Atmospheric. A book that grabs hold and doesn’t let go. We Were Kings offers a delicious mystery perfect for fans of We Were Liars and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I savored every word from beginning to end.” —Caroline George, author of The Summer We Forgot
  • Young Adult suspense with some romance
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

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This book is a fantastic addition to the murder mystery and drama genres. I was drawn to the cover and the interesting premise. The fact that it took place in my home state also grabbed my attention. Nyla Wagner has grown up in a state of flux and her mother, Elizabeth, gives every extra cent to her best friend, Frankie Quick, who has been in jail for the last twenty years for the murder of Cora King.
A new death penalty law has been passed and now Frankie will die in thirty days. That dramatic turn of events brings the reporters out of the woodwork and suddenly everything Nyla has ever known is turned upside down starting with the fact her mother is really Beth King the sister of the deceased.
Nyla wants to investigate by going back to the scene of the crime and meeting her mother’s family. With that decision comes danger and even more family secrets being exposed. With death threats, stalkers, and an explosive ending that leaves several dead, Nyla faces all the challenges to find out if Frankie really killed Cora or if an innocent woman is about to die.
This book was fast-paced and full of hazards making it a quick read that I could not put down until the end. The author did a great job keeping the reader guessing and the scenario is plausible even if the motives for Cora’s death end up being a bit of a stretch.
Overall, this was a fun read for YA readers who like a little murder and a lot of drama when they read. I like that things are wrapped up neatly in this standalone book and that we are left with answers during the big finale.
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