Author: April Henry
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Received From: BookOutlet
What happens when someone who’s only ever wanted to be a hero becomes a suspect?
When a woman’s body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward teen who lives only a few blocks away, owns several knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of a Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence. How is this even possible? And can Alexis and Ruby find a way to help clear Nick’s name before it’s too late?
First off, I was a bit weary of getting this book, as I had done one of my first reviews of the first book of this series and I was not overly fond of it. But seeing as own all of the other April Henry novels, I was willing to give her another chance, and I was not disappointed!
This novel takes up right where the last one left off. It is still the same cast, and they are still a part of the same SAR (search and rescue) program. As the other one, there is a missing person in which the team is called out and sent to search for the missing person.
Right away, the first case does not go over well, and I feel that I can relate the most to Nick. He believes that by being a part of this, he should be set up for the army. The same way I feel that if I watch enough CSI and Criminal Minds, the sight of a dead body or blood will no longer affect me. But, Nick ends up getting sick at the scene, which starts a whole spiral that ends up connecting him to a murder that he was not even close to being connected to.
The thing that bugged he is the police. Right away, when they had the tiniest bit of evidence connecting Nick to the murder, they cuffed him and dragged him down to the station. The officers don’t even try to look for other evidence that can connect him to the scene besides this little bit of evidence. If it was not for one of Nick’s friends, he would have been convicted of the crime that he did not commit.
Filled with mystery and mayhem, we are given the different perspectives between the three friends, and the views of the actual killer. It is strange to get into the minds of the killer, but I feel that it is a much need necessity in mystery novels, as it gives the readers a bit more information to the characters.
Overall I did enjoy this one much better than the first one. As well, I noticed that the 3rd novel of this series has come out, so I will defiantly be purchasing it sometime in the future.
Read On Darlings!