Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on January 3rd 2017
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Received from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Hattie Hoffman appeared to have it all. A high school boyfriend, a part in a play, a loving family, friends, a job at a local CVS. Her hometown is rocked when she is found brutally murdered on the opening night of her high school play. Investigating her murder is her father’s friend, Del Goodman. He has known Hattie all of her life and the case hits close to home. During her murder investigation, it becomes apparent that there is more to Hattie than anyone knew. She had secrets. Secret dreams, secret desires and secret plans for her life. All her life she had been pretending to be everything others wanted her to be. But who is she really? Does anyone really know the “true” girl underneath the act.
This story it told through three points of view, Del – local sheriff and family friend, Hattie, and Paul – the new English teacher and director of the school play. This book looks at the last year of Hattie’s life and the events leading up to her Murder. I really enjoyed how this story was told. There was always just enough tension, always just enough information given, just enough shared at any given time. I was really sucked in. Who killed her? I thought I knew. I was wrong. There are not that many suspects in this case but there were enough twists and turns to keep the action going (and the reader guessing).
What I also liked about this book is how it hit close to home. How well do parents really know their teenagers? My parents did not know me or all I was up to during my teenage years. They were happily ignorant as the parents in this book were. How many of us had secret lives?
This book really was a tragedy on many levels. How quickly things can change in a blink of an eye. Actions have consequences. This book had many things to interest a reader – teenage angst, young love, an affair, betrayal, mystery, etc. We have read many of these plot points (and will again) but they really worked in this book.