The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl.
Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above.
After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian.
Everyone has a label, whether they like it or not–and Emma was always known as a good girl. But appearances are never what they seem. And the truth behind what really happened to Emma may just be lying in plain sight. As long-buried secrets come to light, the clock is ticking to find Emma’s killer–before another good girl goes down.
Title: The Good Girls
Author: Claire Eliza Barlett
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
This book was okay for me. It had some interesting working parts and had a cool way of narrating, but there were also some things I didn’t enjoy.
First, the mystery was pretty good. This book does a great job of making each character, big or small, seem suspicious. I was constantly trying to figure out what each person was hiding and what their endgame was. Murder-mysteries with so many questionable people are the best!
I also really loved seeing how everything fit together. There was the crime of the past that was being related to the murder of the present. I loved seeing why each thing was mentioned and how each situation was relevant. This also went well with how the book was narrated. It went between 3rd person POVs of the main characters, but also seemed to have an unknown narrator telling a bit about other things happening.
One thing that really affected my rating and enjoyment of this book was the beginning. It took me a little while to get into this book and to really get excited about the plot. I felt like there were interesting pieces, but they didn’t come together and translate into an interesting book as whole until about halfway through. I wish I could have been pulled in sooner.
Overall, there were many things that did and did not work for me in this book. The ending was wonderful and I wish that energy could have been felt throughout the entire book.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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