Genre: Mystery


Mar 11
Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential, the first book in this series and the first book by Kara Taylor, was such a fun and dark surprise.  Fun because of Anne, the unforgettable narrator, and dark because the cute cover gave no hints of the evil that awaited Anne at her new boarding school.  When her roommate, Isabella, was murdered, Anne made it her mission to unmask the murderer and those responsible for the resulting cover-up.  When Prep School Confidential ended, Anne had discovered… Read more »


Oct 07
Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Do you know who Amanda Knox is?  Your answer to that question may impact how you approach this book.  I probably know more than a lot of people about the real-life murder case involving Knox, simply because I have a cousin who is very, very interested in the case, and I’ve spoken to her many times about it.  If you don’t know, Knox was an American college student convicted of murdering her roommate while the two were studying abroad in… Read more »


Oct 04
Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Before you decide to read Six Months Later, you should ask yourself this question: Are you OK reading a mystery that is not mysterious whatsoever?  I’m not particularly adept at guessing endings, but in this case, I figured out the big secret very early on.  As I continued reading , it became increasingly evident that I was correct.  I was still prepared to enjoy myself, but everything here fell apart as the ending neared, and the story grew increasingly sillier…. Read more »


Sep 28
Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

When we are introduced to Anne Dowling in Prep School Confidential, she kind-of, sort-of accidentally sets her Manhattan school on fire.  He parents decide to ship her off to a boarding school outside Boston, and Anne immediately decides she wants nothing to do with these “Mass-holes.”  But even as she rebuffs her classmates, she is quickly absorbed into the cool clique. Anne’s roommate, Isabella, is definitely not one of the cool kids.  Isabella brings out Anne’s protective side, and the… Read more »


Aug 12
Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is being marketed as the next Gone Girl, and I worry that may turn off readers.  Whether you enjoyed Gone Girl or not (I did), the comparison is tiresome.  Aside from the fact that both books feature a mystery, there are no similarities in the stories, and Night Film can stand on its own merits. Ashley Cordova, the daughter of a mysterious and reclusive film director, is found dead in an apparent suicide.  Her death immediately captures the… Read more »


May 12
Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

We learn in the opening pages of Reconstructing Amelia that fifteen year-old Amelia fell to her death from the roof of her Brooklyn prep school, an action ruled a suicide.  Even at this early point, the moment hits hard when Amelia’s mother shows up at school to pick her up, unaware of the tragedy that occurred.  Her mother, a single parent and partner at a prestigious law firm, is knocked back by grief and blames herself.  She drifts through her… Read more »


May 08
Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Maybe my expectations for Golden were too high.  It was perfectly pleasant, but also quite predictable.  The set-up was great; Parker discovers and reads the journal of a high school student who, along with her boyfriend, disappeared during a storm a decade earlier.  Parker becomes consumed with uncovering what happened to Julianna and Shane, even as her overbearing mother pressures her to prepare a speech for a looming scholarship competition. Can you love a book if you don’t love the… Read more »


Apr 05
Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

In “Dare Me,” a group of high school cheerleaders finds their “Queen Bee” status challenged with the arrival of Colette French, their new coach.  The girls had no use and no respect for their previous coach; they “owned” her.  When Coach French enters the girls’ world, she commands their respect.  She breaks them down and whips them into shape.  But cracks soon begin to show in Coach’s professional facade as she crosses boundaries with these girls, inviting them into her… Read more »