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I Adore a Good YA Thriller/Mystery
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
And am all about them right now. I adore a string of authors such as Karen M. McManus, Adriana Mather, Lauren Oliver, and Kara Thomas just to name a few. I was a little hesitant about reading/listening to The Girl in the Picture as the reviews keep saying over and over it's a "love story." While that sounds great and all...I want mystery. I want mayhem, and a good plot I can get lost in. So I took a chance, and was really hoping I hadn't landed a gooey star eyed book...
And I didn't for the most part.
The story opens up with Chace dying. Literally. (Side note, if you're listening to the audio version, just bare in mind the guys narration (shudder) goes away in a few seconds so you won't have to listen to his (I'm so so sorry guy person...) nasally voice). Chace is still on earch, but only in snippets and seconds as he is not bound to our world anymore. In saying that, our story focuses around Chace's death, and the two girls he was involved with. One, Luna, the beautiful daughter with the influential mother, and the other...Nicole. The plain girl whose only talent is her music, and her only recognition is a scar that mars her face. Enter love triangle. Ugh. But the story revolves around these two girls, told in their point of view, and in trying to figure out who killed Chace. Of course...them trying to solve it doesn't happen until literally the end of the story, but told throughout flashbacks and memories we get a sense of who Chace was to them, and their lives and how they thought, felt, and lived.
So was it a big mystery? Honestly I didn't know who did it, or perhaps I wasn't guessing this time, and when the culprit finally emerged I was a little shocked, but the reasoning didn't sit well with me. I wish there had been more of a conspiracy or something else, but I will say it did end well, and on a note that I didn't think would happen with the two girls. I truly did like Nicole and Lana's character, and they were written well. Personally, I hated how Nicole thought of herself, and wished she had a little more man parts to face up to life's challenges, but it is what it is. She had to "grow" I know, but I still care for it. The plot did move swiftly for all the flashbacks and memories, and I wasn't actually bored. I ended up giving it four stars, as it was still good, but it's a light read without any real shocking twist or turns.