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Dead Time (The Murder Notebooks #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  885 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
When Rose was twelve, her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. Now seventeen, she lives with her grandmother and goes to school in London. She’s always wondered about her stepbrother, Joshua, whom she only lived with briefly and who was also relocated after their parents’ disappearance. When Rose and Joshua meet again, they find they have much in ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Walker & Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 16, 2012 Katy rated it did not like it
I don't get it. I just spent the last couple of hours reading this book, and by the end, i don't feel like I got anywhere. I didn't get any further with the mystery behind Rose's mom and Joshua's dad, and I didn't get any further with Rose and Joshua. And the police will probably never get any further with Henry's murder. At least the other murder was solved.

I wasn't particularly crazy about the characters in this book. I couldn't sympathize with Rose at all. She purposely made herself a recluse
Dec 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I seriously could not put it down! It was so thrilling and it had so many twists too it, it was like nothing I have read before.

I'm usually the type of girl to go for a romance book with a lot of lovey dovey stuff, so I thought I wouldn't like this book. I was so wrong!

This book taught me that I can actually read a book without all the "romance this, romance that" stuff in it. Even though it did have hints to there being a romance (god, how many times have I used the word 'roman
Actual rating: more like 2.5 stars. In other words, the sort of book that I never, at any point, thought particularly good, but .. it was readable, enough so that I finished it in a day and a half which is - considering how much effort reading books has been for me this year - pretty good evidence for me obviously caring enough to want to know what would happen next.

That said... the writing felt rather pedestrian (not that I want high-flying literary language, but it felt rather... too simplisti
Katie Ellis
So I saw this book in Waterstones and thought it sounded pretty good. I found it in the library a few days later and decided to give it a go.

The book was slow going at first. I found the writing to be a little flat. With that in mind I still found that I wanted to read on. Towards the middle it started to get more interesting. I was intrigued as to who the murderer was but was not expecting the answer to come so late in the book. It seemed like they were taking forever to get to the point.

The s
Apr 08, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
I thought this thriller was really good. I love this author and have been looking forward to starting this book which is the first of four in the series. Rose and Joshua lived with Rose's Mother and Joshua's Father and loved living as a family. Then one night their parents go out for a meal and don't return. The police are convinced that they are dead as they were both in the police and were working on delicate cases together. Joshua is sent to live with his Uncle in Newcastle and Rose ends up l ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Book One of a new young adult mystery series, Dead Time is set in London featuring common law step siblings Rose and Joshua. Five years ago, Rose's mother and Josh's went out to dinner and never returned. Separated, Rose and Joshua have had little contact in that time but now Josh is in London attending university where Rose lives with her grandmother and attends college but renewing their relationship is proving complicated. While Rose accepted the official explanation for her mothers death, Jo ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Laura added it
This is the 1st book in The Murder Notebooks series. I can't say that I enjoyed it all that much, but the plot was very compelling.

The main character, Rose, is sent to live with her grandmother after her mother and her mom's boyfriend disappear after a dinner date. She still feels a powerful attraction to her almost-stepbrother Josh and makes efforts to connect with him again now that she's 17 and back from the boarding school her grandmother sent her to after the event.

Rose is an impulsive cha
Score: 3/5 stars

Mum picked this book off the new arrival shelves in the public library and I finally got around to read it today.

Premise is interesting but writing was a bit flat. With such a premise, by right, I should be kept right on the edge of the seat, wanting to know what will happen next but I didn't feel the strong urge to do so as I do for some other books.

That being said, it was still interesting enough for me to keep reading. Clearly first book of The Murder Notebooks series, this bo
May 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I received an E-ARC of this via Netgalley. It sounded really interesting, so I picked it up to read. I get about 1/3 of the way through and have ZERO idea what the main plot line is. Oh, this person gets murdered, oh, my parents are missing, oh, he is my kind of step-brother who I haven't seen in 5 years, oh, this is my grandmother who I never knew. Please tell me where this story goes.

Maybe I would have finished it, if that were the only problem. But the writing is just poor. The dialogue betwe
As a librarian, the most-requested genre in my young adult collection is mystery. My patrons love it and can't get enough. So I jumped at the chance to read this one. Set in modern London, Rose's mother and stepfather disappeared without a trace five years ago. She hasn't been quite the same since, and she hasn't seen her beloved stepbrother Joshua in all of that time, either. Finally, finally, they're going to reunite, and maybe make some sense of what happened to their parents. But before that ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Madison

Rose is a witness to a brutal attack on one of her classmates and is unwillingly dragged into the whole messy business. the attack coincides with a visit from Joshua who Rose hadn't seen for 5 years. The 5 years since their parents went missing. Rose finds herself wondering if the recent events are some how connected to Joshua's investigation into the disappearance of their parents.

When Rose is witness to another attack; she quickly realises that she has to take action to end i
Suspense Magazine
“Dead Time” is the first of the Murder Notebook series by Anne Cassidy. Cassidy has penned over thirty books during her career and her latest series follows two teenagers, Rose Smith and Joshua Johnson.

Twelve-year-old Rose’s mother and fourteen-year-old Joshua’s father live together happily until one night the kids’ parents go out to dinner and never come back. Nothing is heard of them again and the two are sent to live with different relatives.
Five years later, Rose and Joshua are due to meet
Anne Cassidy's Dead Time has been an odd sort of beast for me to review. I had a lot of different problems with it -- a few were a matter of taste, some are writing-style, others are problems with plot...suffice it to say they are many and varied. However, I read it ages ago and still occasionally think about the mystery and what is going to come next. Obviously, it wasn't all bad. Since I've been struggled for so long with this review, I'm going to do it in lists:

The Bad:

- I get that the book i
Amber at Fall Into Books
This book was another Mara Dyer for me. I read the whole thing, and at the end, I didn't feel like a single question had been answered. I know this is the start of a series, but when authors do this, it makes me not want to continue a series. The main plot didn't seem to advance at all. I felt like I ran in a giant circle for a few hours. Not fun. At least answer the major question posed by the book, you know? It's frustrating, and it turns readers off. It turned this reader off, anyway. Also, t ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: tt3
I got so bored reading this. It took a good 150 pages for anything actually happen. I didn't like the characters either. It was just such a let down, especially when I liked other books by this author.
Aug 06, 2015 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
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So, I first noticed these books at the library because of the covers. Then I read the description. As much as I love mystery novels, what really compelled me to pick them up, was the "incest" aspect >_< haha I am a strange, strange child.

Of course, it's not REAL incest. First off, they're step-siblings. Secondly, they're step-siblings that met later in life [he was 11 and she was 9, I believe] and then they were only together for 3 years before being separated, so it's not even like they g
Pamela Scott
I enjoyed Dead Time. As a crime novel for teenagers, it’s obviously much lighter than adult crime fiction I enjoy but still a good read.

I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the characters but I’d like to see them developed in further books in the series. I couldn’t warm to Rose. I thought she was very unpleasant at times and shared a similar opinion to the girl’s at boarding school and college. However, she started to change a little towards the end so I’d like to see how she develops.

The main str
Annie Tuinukuafe
Mar 18, 2014 Annie Tuinukuafe rated it it was amazing
I decided to read Dead Time because the title grabbed my attention and I also love murder/crime scene books but also suitable for my age. It is an emotional story.I enjoyed reading this book because it was very descriptive and had many scenes to read about."Discovering the truth can have deadly consequences" as it says on the cover.

I found a specific character interesting.Rose.She was a brave 17 year old who has moved schools from a boarding school to a co-ed school where she is uncomfortable. N
Emma Hontzeas
Feb 02, 2016 Emma Hontzeas rated it it was amazing
Dead Time by Anna Cassidy is yet another book that has kept me captivatied all the way through. Its easy to read and not a very long book, with short chapters.

5 years ago ,Rose and Joshua were separated after there parents failed to return from a night out at dinner.
Now 5 years on Rose is the witness of the stabbing death of a boy in her College, her step brother Joshua has just returned to her life and her grandmother still as controlling as ever.

Rose and Josh work together to get clues from t
Aug 10, 2014 Doortje rated it it was ok
How can a nice book earn only two stars?

Giving Dead Time only two stars is actually a small punishment for the disappointment it gave me while reading the last few pages. It certainly doesn't mean that you shouldn't read it! I thinks that many other readers will actually realy enjoy it (just like I did)! Maybe you're a bit confused by now, but you will understand me better after finishing reading this review.

Still, this book is actually a good recommendation if you want to read at a very relaxin
Adele Broadbent
Aug 02, 2014 Adele Broadbent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Rose was twelve, her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. Now seventeen, she lives with her grandmother and goes to school in London. She’s always wondered about her stepbrother, Joshua, whom she left behind. When Rose and Joshua meet again a few years later, she learns that Joshua has been searching for information regarding their parent’s disappearance. Rose is uncomfortable with this – wanting to believe what the police told her and the pain to stay away. But wh ...more
The blurb of Dead Time is very misleading so be warned.
The mystery of the disappearance of Rose and Josh's parents is not the main focus of this book; it is about a rather ridiculous short series of murders.
The plot is pretty much simple to figure out and all of the big revelations can be guessed within the first couple of chapters. The writing is sub-par and is very repetitive, making a lot of it boring and unnecessary. The characters are unrelatable and do not have any form of development. R
May 25, 2013 Kim rated it did not like it
I was really excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be fantastic. Disappearing parents and a couple of murders thrown on the side. But the blurb on the back of my book described a story that NEVER happened.

I was told notebooks were going to be found that might point to Rose and Joshua (step-siblings desperate to find their missing parents) stumbling on a secret disappearance that could put their lives in danger. Well, the only danger I saw to their lives was that Rose was an idiot
May 23, 2012 Pam rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
GoodReads Synopsis: When Rose was twelve, her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. Now seventeen, she lives with her grandmother and goes to school in London. She’s always wondered about her stepbrother, Joshua, whom she only lived with briefly and who was also relocated after their parents’ disappearance. When Rose and Joshua meet again, they find they have much in common, including a desire to uncover the mystery surrounding their parents’ disappearance . . . and a mu ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
As soon as I received a copy of this book for review, I was intrigued by the concept.

Rose Smith was twelve, and Joshua Johnson was fourteen, the night their parents--Rose's mother and Joshua's father--went out to dinner and never came home. Rose was sent to her estranged grandmother in London and Joshua to his uncle in Newcastle. They haven't seen each other for five years, but for the last six months have been exchanging emails and she can't wait to see him. She still remembers the happy times
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I've had Dead Time on my TBR pile for ages and wish I'd got round to it earlier.

The story is a fast paced crime thriller which follows the story of Rose a teenage girl whose mother disappeared 5 years previously. I can't tell you too much about the story line itself as I will spoil it for you but will say that the story will keep you guessing throughout.

For me the thing I enjoyed most was the relationship between Rose and her step brother, whose father went missing with Rose's mother. After 5
Lisa Nocita
Apr 14, 2013 Lisa Nocita rated it it was ok
Returning to London after five years at a boarding school, Rose reunites with her "step brother" Josh. Their parents (not married) were police officers whose disappearance remains unsolved. Rose lives with her aloof, wealthy grandmother who she never knew about until her mother disappeared. There is little affection between them. Josh spends his free time trying to figure out what happened to their parents. Rose attends school and acts surly and unfriendly most of the time, alluding to some inci ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Ashlie rated it liked it
I loved this plot idea. There were some execution flaws and things that were annoying, like the characters alternating their doubts about finding their parents, but overall I liked it. Sometimes the writing was a little flat, but an emotional connection with Rose was possible, so I am really looking forward to book 2. The biggest struggle I think i saw with this book is the telling of two story lines that still seem (to me) to be disconnected. With rose being involved in both, there is somewhat ...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
I had not heard of this book prior to the blogging event I attended earlier this year. After doing a bit of research (goodreads) I liked the sound of it and added it to my review pile.
Dead Time follows Rose, who is a witness to a murder as she is on her way to meet Joshua. When she eventually get's home Joshua is waiting for her, and thus begins the catch up of years they have missed out on, and also researching to findtheirparents, thatdisappeared.

Took a while for me to get into the book, proba
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