Published by: Self Published
Genre: YA Mystery
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Soon after fifteen-year-old Will Reed and his friend Mason stumble over a corpse in the woods, Will’s ex-con father is arrested for the murder—and it’s Will’s fault. With the police about to close their investigation, Will must discover the identity of the ruthless killer before his father wrongfully goes back to prison.
In the spirit of City of Ember and The Goonies, it’s the discovery of a coded message that starts Will and Mason on an unexpected path of mystery and danger. Will hopes finding an ancient relic will guide him to the truth and prove his father’s innocence. Unfortunately, Will soon learns he isn’t the only one searching for this valuable object.
It’s a race to follow hidden clues until Will is confronted with a harsh reality. His determination to help his father has jeopardized the lives of the people he cares for. With a cold-blooded killer on his trail, Will must choose between the safety of his friends and family or freedom for his father.
I was offered the chance to read this book, and as I am attempting to expand on my bookish tastes I agreed to give it a go. However I think that reading this book has just confirmed what I already knew, that crime/murder mysteries aren’t really for me.
The story line was very clever and well written. However at times I found it difficult to keep myself reading. I don’t think my mind is logical enough for stories like this. I kept waiting to get into it but never really got there.
Will and Mason made a good duo. The foster kid whose really smart but has kind of given up and the slightly weird nerdy kid. There were so quite humorous moments. However I didn’t really find myself warming to Will properly. There was nothing bad about him, he just seemed off slightly to me.
A murder mystery with two teenage boys at the centre of it with some history thrown in there. It is definitely not like anything I have read before and although it was a very well written story, I don’t see it change my bookish tastes anytime soon.
My rating is very much based on my enjoyment whilst reading this book. As this was my first book of this type I didn’t have anything to compare it to, so chose to rate it on how much I enjoyed reading it, and how much I think that people who read the same books as me would enjoy reading it.
I found this a difficult book to review, as I don’t really feel that it was my type of book. For people who like this genre this may be a very popular book choice, however as someone who doesn’t read murder mysteries this book wasn’t a favourite.
It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t me.
(Wow, that sounds like a bad break up excuse!)
I would recommend this book to fans of: crime stories, murder mysteries
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