by Josin L. McQuein
Here's the jacket copy, which I think is effective (and also accurate)--it persuaded me to read the book!
A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.
Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.
Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.
Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.
Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.
Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.
By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.
Just a side note: Another in the long line of "boarding school" or "private school" books--what is the fascination that teens and teen authors have with this meme?
The Killing Woods
by Lucy Christopher (author of Stolen)
Meanwhile, Damon, Ashlee's boyfriend, has a secret--not about the murder, but about who else was in the woods with Ashlee and what they were up to. Problem is, he got so drunk that night that he has forgotten everything that happened after a certain point...
This was a solid thriller. It alternates between the two points of view--Emily's and Damon's--and is mostly stream-of-consciousness narration by both. It made me crazy that all the different people go around talking to themselves inside their heads, speculating about the actions of others but never just speaking up and ASKING them. I know that's the way to prolong the suspense, but by the end it made me tired. Still, this had staying power, individual voices, and an interesting conclusion. I liked it well enough that I now want to go back and read her first book, Stolen. My rating: 4.