on January 1st 1970
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“I killed Kristen Green.”
Hayley Reynolds is a 17-year-old who lives with her Mother and her Mother’s boyfriend, Mike. Her father left soon after the death of her baby brother, leaving her to be raised by her Mother. Hayley keeps to herself and often thinks about her father and their shared time together enjoying photography. She had a “secret” best friend named Kristen. I say secret because no one seems to know that they were best friends- not their Mothers, not other students, and not the police. Possibly Kristen didn’t even know that she was Hayley’s best friend.
DI Beverley Samuels and her partner are called in to investigate Kristen’s murder. Immediately DI Samuels begins to feel that Hayley is holding something back and that something is not quite right with Hayley or perhaps at Hayley’s home life. With so little to go on, DI Samuels doesn’t know who to believe. Plus, she is haunted by a previous case which weighs heavily on her mind.
Well, shoot! This book was not for me. I heard of this book through a book site which I follow on Facebook. It was dubbed a book to watch for in 2018 and I was happy to see it was offered on NetGalley. I just don’t know what to say except this was just not for me. The main character seems as if she is much younger than college age. All the college students do as a matter of fact. Plus, we are told she is seventeen-years-old. I was still in high school when I was seventeen. Which led me to wonder, in countries other than America is high school ever referred to as “College”? Because I had a lot of issues with this book talking about her being in college but everything feeling as if this book is really set in high school. For instance in this book they have an assembly at college. I had them in high school not college. Plus, again the main character behaved like a petulant child and not like a young woman in college. Yes, could she be emotionally stunted from the experience of losing her baby brother, her parent’s divorce, being an outcast? Absolutely, 100 percent yes, she could be. I just wished this would have been fleshed out more, then I think her character would have been more believable to me.
The Author has a good premise here. A teenage psychopath who may or may not outsmart the police. Will she get away with murder, etc. The main character is a psychopath and usually I feel one way or another about those characters. I either loathe them or love to hate them, kwim? But in this book, I was apathetic. That is something I would usually lap up. There are some good parts of the book and there is a twist. I enjoyed the ending.
It’s very rare that I rate a book lower than a 3, but this one just didn’t work for me. I would encourage people to read all the reviews and decide for yourself. There are some glowing reviews for this book.
Thank you to Aria and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.