By Karen M. McManus
Published by Delacorte Press
on May 30, 2017
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
This was a book club pick, and one I’d been looking forward to reading. I love a good mystery, and this one was intriguing.
I really liked the way this book followed four different characters, but sometimes if I put the book down in the middle of a chapter and picked it back up later, it wasn’t always easy to tell which character I was reading right away.
Two of the characters (Addy and Cooper) had more interesting stories to me than the other two, which made the parts more focused on Bronwyn and Nate drag a bit more. I kept waiting for the story to get back to Addy and Cooper.
I can’t say if the mystery surprised me or not because I went to book club before I finished reading – so I knew how it ended beforehand. I don’t super like the mystery’s resolution, but it was definitely different. I’m not sure that I would have predicted it.
I didn’t love this book, and I don’t think it’s one that will stick with me, but it was a fun read at the time.