When a girl with a troubled history of finding dead bodies investigates the murder of her ex, she uncovers a plot to put herself—and everyone she loves—on the list of who’s next.
Flora Calhoun has a reputation for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. After stumbling upon a classmate’s body years ago, the trauma of that discovery and the police’s failure to find the killer has haunted her ever since. One night, she gets a midnight text from Ava McQueen, the beautiful girl who had ignited Flora’s heart last summer, then never spoke to her again.
Just in time to witness Ava’s death from a gunshot wound, Flora is set on a path of rage and vengeance for all the dead girls whose killer is never found. Her tunnel-visioned sleuthing leads to valuable clues about a shocking conspiracy involving her school and beyond, but also earns her sinister threats from the murderer. She has a choice—to give up the hunt for answers, or keep digging and risk her loved ones’ lives. Either way, Flora will regret the consequences. Who’s next on the killer’s list?
I read this book in less than a full day. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s going to be hard to review without giving too much away, but I’ll try to talk about it as much as possible.
Flora lives with her sister, Olive, and her grandpa. Her mom left awhile ago, but grandpa filled in. Olive blames Flora for their mom leaving. Flora found a dead girl while out running. Instead of letting the police handle it, she decided to investigate. Flora was sure she knew who the killer was. She was arrested, but she didn’t let that stop her. Flora loved a good mystery. Usually it was just something kids at school wanted to know, kind of like Veronica Mars. Then there was another murder. Flora got a message from her sort of ex-girlfriend, Ava. She texted where she was and that she needed help. By the time Flora arrived, she found Ava shot and bleeding on the ground. The police said it was a mugging, but Flora couldn’t let it go. Ava was afraid of someone. And why was she a dark alley in the next town over?
Stop asking questions
There was a big focus on family and trust throughout the book. It wasn’t just about solving a murder. Flora never lets anyone fully in. All she has is her grandpa, Olive, and her best friend Cass. She meets a boy, VT, while investigating and there is something there between them. But just like with everyone else, Flora keeps secrets. She tells herself that she’s keeping others safe, but she just doesn’t trust people enough and wants to solve things on her own. When Flora starts putting some things together, she starts getting threats. The threats start getting worse, but she still continues on. She’s sure that a local politician is involved, but she needs to prove it. Someone with connections is covering up multiple crimes. The threats escalate and no one around Flora is safe. Olive has even started helping with the investigations. Flora has gotten in too far and she needs to be stopped before everything comes out.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to James Patterson Presents for my review copy.
Warnings for death, bleeding, teenage drinking, fighting, threats, and parental abandonment.
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