People Like Us by Dana Mele
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.
First up I read Dana Mele's People Like Us, and it did not disappoint. If you like your murder mysteries dark and twisty and populated by mean girls and the emotionally unstable, pick this up. It filled the void Pretty Little Liars left behind, except, you know, this book didn't go crazy all the time and make no sense and never answer any questions and have the worst ending of any ending ever. It was like all the good parts of PLL. What you hoped every episode would be. Creepy and crafty and completely capable of resolving its mysteries. It's got boarding school, rich kids, not-so-rich kids, gruesome murder, and some seriously disturbed ladies. A+, would read again.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.
An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.
Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.
Next up, I listened to the audiobook of Reconstructing Amelia. Now, while this wasn't perfect, I thought it was pretty fun, and the voice actors did a pretty darn good job. The plot kept me guessing, and I enjoyed bouncing between the POV of Amelia and her mother. I guessed at a couple of the twists, but overall, this would make a good beach read. If you like reading about teenage murder and super twisted jerk girls. Though, this also had more than one plot point that made me go, "Uhhhh. No." But at that point I was along for the ride, so I'll allow it. Things don't have to make sense all the time, right?
I actually read and listened to a few more books this month, except they were...not great and I didn't finish them. I may or may not do a round up of these less-than-stellar works at a later date. But, perhaps, if you don't have anything nice to say...
What I read in April coming soooooon!