Becca Eckersley is a senior at George Washington University with dreams of attending law school in a few short months. While studying for a test late one night with group of friends, Brad decides he will break into the professor's office and steal a copy of the final, ensuring everyone gets an A and gets into their chosen law school. But things go wrong with this plan and their perfect friendships are strained to the point that Becca ends up dead. But by whom? And why? That's what Kelsey Castle is sent from Miami to find out. A journalist for the magazine Events, she is just coming back from a life crisis and is ready to get back to work. But when her editor hands her this fluff piece, to investigate a murder in the sleepy town of Summit Lake, she quickly realizes something is wrong here. Something is very, very wrong.
This is one of those rare chill-you-to-the-bone, stay-up-late-at-night with bloodshot eyes because you can't quit turning the pages type of thriller. The entire book reverberates with a spooky, eerie feeling that the reader just can't shake. Skillfully written and masterfully paced, this debut novel by Donlea is one that must be read. Where typical murder mysteries lack depth and a spine-tingling feel, this book nails it.
Told from alternating perspectives of Kelsey and Becca, before and after the murder, it always keeps the reader guessing as to what lies around the next corner with an ending that changes everything you once thought you had figured out. I hope the author continues to write in this series using the character of Kelsey as I felt she was a great protagonist but not annoying like most thriller detectives. She was relatable and not over the top.
Bottom line is this: go buy this book. Highly recommended.
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