Author: Maggie Thrash
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Received From: Simon & Shuster Publishing
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Twin Peaks meets Pretty Little Liars in acclaimed author Maggie Thrash’s new Strange Truth series.
It’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.
Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.
Just like that, she’s gone.
Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.
Thank you so much to Simon & Shuster Publishing for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review of it.
Comparing this novel to both Twin Peaks and Pretty Little Liars was drawn in by the synopsis. Although I have not read or watched Twin Peaks, I have seen many of the episodes of Pretty Little Liars, and I feel that this novel was a great comparison to them overall.
Filled with strange antics and bizarre actions, We Know It Was You will keep you at the edge of your seat. Not just in anticipation as to finding out who done it, but also in keeping up with the banter that is present among all the characters. As well, you feel that you know who the ‘killer’ is when the story takes a turn and it ends up being someone completely different.
This is a novel told from the perspectives of teens, which means that there are many things that occur revolving around the school and the student’s lives. There are some scenes in this novel that should be rated 16+ (or viewer discretion is advised), as I was not expecting them until I happened to turn the page and continue reading.
The whodunit Maggie Thrash has constructed here isn’t wildly shocking, but I don’t think it was meant to be. We Know It Was You gets eerily creepy at times, there’re a few good twists here and there, but personally, I felt much more interested in how Benny and Virginia were reacting to all these events, rather than in the events themselves.
One thing that I did not enjoy was the constant changing of perspectives. I never really knew who’s perspective I was reading, until after few sentences into the chapter. As well, I feel that some of the characters were introduced just for the heck of it. They were there once and were never seen or heard from again…
I did, however, enjoy how everything was divided by the time slots over the eight days in which this story takes place. The changes in locations were helpful, as you were able to follow the case and how it was developing.
Overall, if you enjoy strange yet thrilling YA novels, this book should definitely be placed on your TBR list.
-Read On Darlings!