Posts in Category: murder

The Weight of Water

by Anita Shreve

This book took place during the year 1873. Two women lived on the Isles of Shoals, a group of islands off the coast of New Hampshire. One of the women was brutally murdered. The other, survive.

It’s a good book because it took place during the 1873 so it’s a different type of book from ones that i would normally pick up. It’s like a journey that takes you to the farthest extremes of emotion.

I would recommend this book to people that like to read action books with horrific consequences.

Yessica, 16

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Ten

by Gretchen McNeil

This book is about ten teens are invited to Henry Island vacation home for a three-day party. The popular girl in school invites a mix of teenagers to her little party. Little did they know, of the consequences of their past. Meg and her friend Minnie are the main highlights of the story. The very night they are at the house, one of the boys, Ben, almost dies of allergies. Someone sprinkled nuts on his salad, and he was soon suffocating. Meg helps him get back to normal, but little do they know, what comes next. Confusion with a CD, red paint smeared on the wall, one by one, the teens begin to die in a specific, and orderly(With the help of a creepy diary from a dead girl.). . .

Gretchen McNeil's Ten is a gripping tale that is somewhat related to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, except teen version. Despite the lack of proper language, this story is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat from chapter one, to the end. Once you find out who the killer is, and his/her purpose, you are sure to unconsciously look at your 6 and 12, after anticipating this terrifying tale.

I would personally recommend this book to those who yearn for a great thriller, and those who understand the troubled teenager's problems: boy confusion, who-dates-who, the terrible I-Think-Your-My-Boyfriend-Even-Though-In-Reality-Your-Not, and the typical triangle of love. This book has some bad words just to let you know. Read this if you have a chance, and tell me what you think!
 

Priscilla, 12

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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

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This suspenseful book is mainly about ten different people who each gets a letter from the mysterious Rogers, a couple who bought a house on Solider Island. When they arrive, they can't escape. . .

It was a fairly pleasant book. The author, Agatha Christie, is known as the Queen of Mystery. And Then There Were None is a murder and mystery story that grips your fingers on the edge of your seat. And in the end, the murderer reveals himself, explaining why he did what he did.

I would highly recommend this book to people who have a passion for mystery, and those who like the feeling of being freaked. With an old nursery rhyme counting down one by one. . . One by one, the guests begin to die.

Priscilla, 12

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The Outsiders

by S.E. Hilton

A 16 year old boy named Ponyboy has lived with his brothers since his parents died. He is part of a gang, and one day everything changes. His friend,Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang. The book is through Ponyboy's perspective and it details what happens after his friend kills someone.The boys have been exposed to violence their whole lives and now have to face life alone after they run away.

I really like this book, because the main character Ponyboy, has to deal with so much at such a young age. The book makes you think about how many young boys and girls are exposed to violence and have to deal with losing their parents. It was an emotional book, and has a strong message. The book teaches about the differences in society and how violence is a big problem.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has not experienced violence in their life so that they have an idea of what it's like. Honestly, I think everyone should read this book because it's emotional and makes you think about how young kids have to sometime take care of themselves while they deal with violence and pain.

Sandra, 16

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The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

A a 14 year old girl is kidnapped, raped and murdered. She goes to "heaven" and has to watch her family and friends deal with her death and find out who killed her. She also has to accept what has happened to her and move on.

I really liked this book, it was interesting how the author made the girl go to her own heaven. It was a very emotional book and it's heartbreaking how she has to watch her family but she can't talk to them ever again. It's sad but it's hard to put down.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about crime and murder. If you like books about how families and friends deal with the loss of someone close to them you should read this book. It really hard to put down once you start reading.

Sandra, 16

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Lifeguard

by James Patterson & Andrew Gross

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Lifeguard is fantastic mystery novel about a man named Ned Kelly and the woman he falls in love with. Ned Kelly, an average man, finds the girl of his dreams, but there is just one problem; she is rich. So when Ned gets offered $5 million dollars to break into a home, how could he refuse? Everything is going great until Ned realizes he's been setup. People have died, and his world is falling apart. This action packed book is about Ned trying to discover who would have set him up and why.

I really liked Lifeguard, because it is an interesting book and the end was a total surprise. This mysterious book will take you on an roller coaster with each passing chapter, and you will never see the end coming!

If you like action packed books with a pinch of romance, I would recommend Lifeguard. This book will make your jaw drop, and your mind wonder and wonder. 

Sara, 14

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The Devil You Know

by Trish Doller

This book was about a girl named Cadie, who has been raising her baby brother since her mother died. Cadie has just turned 18 and wants to get out of the house and go to a party. There she meets a pair of cousins and decides she is going to go on an adventure with them. She is finally enjoying her life, until something tragically goes wrong. 

The Devil You Know is a book full of twists and turns. It will leave you thinking until the last page. The book is full of deception, romance, and it will draw you in until you can not put it down. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes excitement because it is fun and will keep you on your toes. This book is exactly what you want to read if you are looking for adventure. 

Mackenzie, 15

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Murder List

by Julie Garwood

In Murder List, Regan Madison, a famous philanthropist, becomes the target of a serial killer. As more and more bodies are found, and Regan receives notes from the killer, she begins to feel responsible for their deaths. With the help of Detective Alec Buchanan, Regan tries to figure out who would do this to her, and why.

I liked Murder List because there were so many suspects that kept you guessing who the perpetrator was. Though the language might not always have been realistic, the plot line always was.

I would recommend Murder List to fans of mystery and romance books. Murder List would be a good read for fans who like to stay up late trying to solve the book's mystery.

Amanda, 16

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All In

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

All In is a continuation of the Naturals series, where five teenagers with exceptional abilities work together to solve FBI cases. In this book, Cassie and the Naturals are working a serial murder case, and stumble upon a cult that may hold the answers to Cassie's mother's disappearance.

I like All In because the mystery was exciting and had several unexpected plot twists. All In's mystery is believable and an awesome addition to the YA mystery collection.

I would recommend All In to fans of CSI type movies, books, etc. And since there is an element of a love triangle in the Naturals series, fans of the Hunger Games might enjoy this book as well.

Amanda, 16

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Submerged

by Dani Pettrey

Submerged is a story about a girl who returns to her hometown in Alaska for her aunt's funeral, only to find out her aunt's death was no accident. She does not want to stay, since her questionable past is remembered in the small town, but she might be the only person who can solve her aunt's murder.

I really enjoyed Submerged. It was a quality read since the writing was believable, not far-fetched. I also enjoyed the character development the author used to make the small-town characters come to life.

I would recommend Submerged to fans of subtle romance and mysteries. Fans of the Dee Henderson would love Submerged.

Amanda, 16

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Shattered

by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is a story about Piper and Landon, two friends that have known each other since childhood. When Piper's brother is arrested for murder, Piper is determined to prove his innocence, and with Landon's help, they just might be able to do it.

I really enjoyed reading Shattered because the mystery was constantly moving forward, giving the book an overall momentum. The mystery leaves you guessing, and keeps you excited in general.

I would recommend Shattered to fans of romance and mysteries. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would also enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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Fast Track

by Julie Garwood

Fast Track is a story about Cordie, a teacher in Chicago. After Cordie's father dies, Cordie decides to find her mother who has been absent for most of her life. She and Aiden, her friend since childhood, fly to Australia to track down her mother. Once there, Cordie faces danger as her mother's family is determined to erase Cordie from their family history.

Fast Track, like the name suggests, is a fast-paced and exciting read. There are however, lots of  scenes with more mature content that may appeal to older teens.

I would recommend this book to fans of action and mystery novels.

Amanda, 16

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Vicious: A Pretty Little Liar's Novel

by Sara Shepard

This book was about the ending of the Pretty Little Liars Series. It follows the lives of the four girls as they are set to go into trial. The girls must find a way to prove their innocence, before it is too late. Along the way, they learn what they truly want, and who they really are.

This book was interesting because it was full of suspense and really make you second-guess everything you thought you knew about these girls. It also provided a cliffhanger ending that really made you want more.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a bit of mystery, while also enjoying a modern day take. The book is filled with suspense, and the switching perspectives make it very fun to read.

Natalie, 14

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Jacob Portman thinks he's just about as normal as a 16 year old boy could get. However, after his grandfather's strange death, he begins to ask questions about his grandfather's peculiar life. Who really was Grandpa Portman? A trip to the island from his grandfather's childhood answers these questions, and turns Jacob's life upside down.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is slightly scary at first. There are so many unanswered questions, which makes you want to read more. I love the twists that the author puts around every corner, making it an unpredictable story.

If you like creepy or 20th century setting books, then Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children would be perfect for you. Also, if you like unexpected outcomes and monsters, this will be a great read for you.

Alex, 15

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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

Eight people arrive on Soldier Island, invited by their friends Mr. and Mrs. Owen.

The housekeeper and butler inform them that their hosts are not yet on the island.

Things seem fairly ordinary until, one by one, people start to disappear.

And Then There Were None is basically like the game of Clue. Everyone is trying to figure out who the murderer is. The language; however, is a little old, which may make it boring for some people.

I would recommend this book to people in their teens and over. Anyone younger wouldn't find it interesting, as it is a complex murder mystery.

Alex, 15

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby, set in the 1920s, follows Nick Carraway as he becomes acquainted with a mysterious man by the name of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby's dream and ambition for the last five years was to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, after their love was thwarted when Gatsby was away fighting in World War I. Nick aids in their eventual reunion, which puts Gatsby at odds with Daisy's husband.

This novel is considered by many as one of the greatest American novels ever written, and it certainly holds up to that bar. Although the plot seemingly reflects that of a love story, it really is SO much more. Fitzgerald uses the characters (and Gatsby's dream in particular) to explore deeper themes such as the corruption of the rich and the untruthfulness of love and devotion. I liked the book especially for its memorable characters and the amazingly descriptive writing that Fitzgerald utilizes.

I would recommend The Great Gatsby to people above the age of 13 because the type of writing in this book used to convey themes can be hard to interpret for a younger audience.

Giabao, 15

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The Body Finder

by Kimberly Derting

Body finderThis book details the life of teenager Violet Ambrose, who has had a gift- an ability to sense the bodies of the dead, ever since she was a child. When a serial killer begins to terrorize the town she lives in, Violet has to put this gift to use, while at the same time falling in love with her best friend Jay, and coping with the challenges high school presents.

I really liked this book. The Body Finder is a novel full of both romance and suspense, but they fit well together and enhanced the book. The novel went by at just the right place, and the characters were generally pretty believable. Interestingly, it tells the perspective of not only Violet, but the serial killer as well. The author wrote in a way that made you feel the emotion in the book.

I highly recommend this book for its outstanding writing. Those wanting a solid suspenseful love story will be pleased with The Body Finder. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put down.

Jakob, 15

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Cross My Heart, Hope to Die

by Sara Shepard

Cross my heartThe book continues to follow Emma Paxton as she tries to find her twin's murderer. But things seem to become more complicated as the twin's birth mother shows up in Tucson, and  recognizes Emma as her self, and not Sutton who she is still pretending to be. Throughout the book Emma tries to clear her mother's name because she appears to be a top suspect of Sutton's murder.

Yes, I really enjoyed reading this book, it was full of mystery and dangerous situations. The same old lovable characters continue to appear, and they are faced with even more dangerous situations than in the previous books. Overall the mysterious element of the book continues and you are always kept at the edge of your seat.

Yes, I would very much recommend this book to others, because it is a thrilling mystery novel that keeps the reader thinking. I would especially recommend it to those who are fans of Sara Shepard's previous novels, and to those who enjoy reading mystery novels. 

Daisy, 17

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Confessions of a Murder Suspect

by James Patterson

Confessions of a Murder SuspectThe parents of the perfectionist Angel family, Malcolm and Maud Angel, are mysteriously murdered one night. Being the only ones in the house, their children are noted as suspects. Malcolm and Maud's only daughter, Tandy Angel, begins investigating to find the murderer. As she puts together the pieces of this perilous puzzle, she discovers secrets about her parents, family, and herself.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect is a solid murder mystery. I enjoyed the short breaks between chapters that provided extra exposition and detail. The characters are all interesting and Tandy's narration is both funny and perspicacious. Aside from that, the only fault of the novel is that there isn't much to separate it from other murder mysteries out there.

Nevertheless, if anyone needs a decent murder mystery, Confessions of a Murder Suspect is definitely worth a try. I recommend it for its narration, characters, and an ending that will make you want more.

Jakob, 15

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Hide and Seek: a Lying Game novel

by Sara Shepard

Hide and SeekHide and Seek is the fourth book in the Lying Game series, and continues to follow Emma Paxton's search for her sister's murderer. Emma continues to impersonate Sutton, her dead twin sister, in the hopes that she will find her killer and be able to return to her normal life. But her search becomes more complicated as Sutton's secret boyfriend arrives. Now Emma needs to lie to the boy who loved her sister.

I really liked this book. It had some really crazy plot twists and major cliff hangers that would not let me put the book down. The characters are really endearing and you find yourself rooting for Emma who desperately wants to find her sister's murderer, and return to being herself.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others but most likely to girls who like a good mystery book. It would be a good read to those who like the Pretty Little Liars series also written by Sara Shepard. Girls would love this book because it has love triangles and really crazy plot twists.

Daisy, 17

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