Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Published Date: September 17th, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children's
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Edition: eBook, 352 paegs
Source: Public Library

Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth. 

In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

Review :

Jaycee has been best friends with Rachel for years until they had a major falling out. The fall out leads to a break in their friendship, and its a break that seems unfix-able. Then Rachel is killed and Jaycee is stuck with tons of unanswered questions. The only answers she's getting are coming from the girl who's supposed to be dead, Rachel.

For starters I was initially impressed with the plot. I love a good suspense and this one had all the makings of a good one but it gets kind of boring after a while. Its pretty difficult to hold a suspense/mystery story together and keep the reader intrigued. The author wants to leave a lot to the imagination for anticipation purposes and a lot of times it leaves a lot of pages that are just connection paragraphs, that are drawn out and are pretty boring.

I think that's what happened here. The author obviously wanted to leave the suspense in tact but it kind of dragged for quite a bit and I almost lost interest in the book altogether. Its a good thing I let it ride out because it did get better. The story unravels nicely about halfway through and it more than made up for the lackluster first half.

The story itself tackles some pretty interesting topics like gangs, racism, and faith. It combines contemporary with mystery. Shaw does a good job of melding the two.

It's not overly exciting or thrilling but it is good. A cool read for the in between series time. Recommended for younger teens and readers who enjoy thrillers.



  1. I haven't read a lot of mystery books before, but this seems like something I'd enjoy. Great review Jazmen!

  2. I finished this book a few days ago and I absolutely loved it! Great review :)

    1. Oh, really? I guess we had the same mind frame ;) and thanks!

  3. Is there a previous book to this?

  4. Sounds like a really interesting book, Jazmen! But I don't understand how it could be boring for you when the plot sounds really good :P oh well. I might want to borrow it too. Hopefully it's in the library :)

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

  5. After a while it just got a little boring, at least for me. But you check it out and let me know what you think :) I'd love to hear your point of view.

  6. hmmm, I'm intrigued by the references to gangs, racism, and faith. ~Sheri