WELCOME TO WHO WANTS TO BE A PAINIAC?, the latest reality TV show on the hunt for the next big-hit serial killer. But don't worry-no one is actually going to murder anyone, as real as the fake gore and pretend murder may appear . . . uh, right? Seventeen-year-old Becca Martinello is about to find out. When her perfectly normal soccer mom dies in a car crash, a strange girl named Stef appears and lets Becca know that her deceased mom was none other than one of Alcatraz 2.0's most popular serial killers-Molly Mauler. Soon, Becca ends up on Who Wants to Be a Painiac? to learn the truth about her mom's connection to Molly, but things turn sinister when people are murdered IRL. Will Becca uncover dark secrets and make it out of the deadly reality show alive? Or will she get cut?
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Becca is an almost-eighteen-year-old whose stay-at-home mother has recently died in a car accident. As her mother's funeral, she notices someone with a camera. Later, the girl, Stef, confronts her to say that she is pretty certain that her mother was Molly Mauler, one of the Painiacs from Alcatraz 2.0. Determined to prove her wrong, Becca agrees to go with her to the set of a new reality show, WHO WANTS TO BE A PAINIAC? which is auditioning contestants to participate in a non-lethal (advertised as fake murders) competition to be crowned the next Painiac.
As they audition for the show, Becca is trying to find evidence that her mother was (or rather, hopefully was not) Molly Mauler. However, the show turns out to be way more deadly than advertised and the teens are in for a lot of unexpected twists and turns.
What I loved: This book continues the same page-turning and engrossing writing style that makes it difficult to put down. While the first one felt creative although the big twists were a little predictable, this one kept me guessing until the very end. There is a lot of creativity in the plot of the book, and it's really something entirely unique. Fans of the first will love this sequel, which is different but equally as enthralling.
Final verdict: Unique, engrossing, and thrilling, this sequel is a perfect compliment to the first book. Highly recommend for anyone looking for something different and new. Starting with the first book is helpful to understanding this one, so I would recommend reading them in order.