About the Book:
Over twenty years later, Oreville high-school juniors and best friends Blair and Cameron start a true crime podcast, determined to unravel the story of what—or who—happened to this rural urban legend. In the process they uncover a nest of dirty small-town secrets, the sordid truth of Clarissa’s relationship with her charismatic boyfriend, and a high school art teacher turned small-town figurehead who had a very good reason for wanting Clarissa dead. Such a good reason, in fact, that they might have to make him the highlight of their next episode…
But does an ugly history with a missing girl make him guilty of murder? Or are two teenage girls about to destroy the life of an innocent man—and help the true killer walk free?
I know this is a book for youth but this septuagenarian liked it. It is plotted well. I liked the idea of two high school students thinking they could solve a decades old mystery. I liked how they went about the investigation, uncovering previously unknown or overlooked facts. The characters are developed well. Cam seemed to be the typical impetuous teen. While super smart, she can make some serious mistakes. Blair is a good counter to Cam, more calm and thinking things through. And Sophie was a delight. I loved the way she talked.
I don't like it when a heroine does something stupid that generates suspense. While that happens here, Cam is a teen and her actions are quite within her compulsive teen character. One thing I did not like was the emphasis on a budding gay relationship between teens and other similar relationships.
This is a well written novel for teens that adults would like too. I hope we see more mystery solving from Cam and Blair.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)