Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Milman
On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.
Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do—he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone—faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.
He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him—including himself.
I normally don’t read arcs until a month before release date. But I’ve been dying to read Swipe Right For Murder since I got my hands on an arc (thank you Derek).
This is going to be one of those books that’s hard to review without giving too much away. There was just non stop craziness throughout the whole book. And that was a good thing. The pacing was great and I struggled to put it down. I know my review won’t do this book justice. I just don’t want to spoil anything.
This book has a little bit of everything. Terrorism, LGBTQIA+ rep, mistaken identity, murders, relationship issues, friendship, family issues, hacking, and so much more. And while this is a serious book, I found that Derek fits in some humor in just the right places. It always helps break up some of the tension in his books.
Aidan is in New York to have a heart test done. His brother died of an enlarged heart and this is something that is hereditary. While there, he meets up with his best friend, Jackson, and Jackson’s girlfriend, Tatiana. They leave and Aidan goes back to his hotel room alone. He decides to go on an app for hookups. After one failed hookup with a guy from school staying at the same hotel, Aidan finds one that looks interesting. Benoit looks attractive and seems normal. Aidan goes to his room and they hook up. But that’s when everything changes.
There are people shooting through the windows. Aidan gets a weird message on his phone. He finds photos of himself on Benoits phone. Ones that look like he was being stalked. A man calls and tells him to leave before the police show up. Aidan is freaking out. The man says that he wants his delivery and calls him Mr. Preston. A mistaken identity. Aidan finds that even the hotel is calling him Mr. Preston, so he takes off without his stuff.
From there, things are all kinds of nuts. Derek did a great job making the reader (or at least me) question what is real and who can be trusted. Aidan runs into so many different people and is almost killed more than once. He finds himself involved in a terrorist group that is killing homophobes. Aidan knows that killing is wrong, but he finds himself questioning this at times.
This book makes you realize how quickly things can change by one decision you make in life. One moment can create chaos and it just spirals out of control.
I obviously loved this book. I would have read it in one day if I had more time, but I still finished it in two. I gave this 5 stars and will buy anything Derek writes. If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out Scream All Night. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy (with Derek’s help).
There are a lot of trigger warnings and I’ll probably forget some. A sexual relationship between a teen and adult and homophobia which is all challenged and shown that it’s wrong. Cyber terrorism, murders, sexual hookups (not that there is anything wrong with those), family issues, mention of multiple suicides, self doubt/sort of self loathing at times, teenage drinking and drug use.
Is Swipe Right For Murder on your TBR? Did you read Scream All Night?