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Blood on My Hands

(Thrillogy #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,567 ratings  ·  201 reviews
A powerful and uncompromising thriller – not for the faint-hearted.

Some girls are glamorous, beautiful … and deadly. Found kneeling by a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand can only mean Callie Carson is guilty of the brutal murder of Katherine Remington – can’t it? Joining the in-crowd is tough; leaving is a killer.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Walker & Company (first published September 1st 2010)
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Veronica Morfi
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 5/5

This is the second standalone installment in Todd Strasser's Thrillogy and this was my favorite out of all three stories. Blood on my Hands is the story of Callie. One night she is at a party and notices that Katherine, a friendenemy of hers is nowhere to be found, so she decides to start looking. What she finds is her lifeless body with a knife sticking out of it. Without thinking she picks up the knife and that's the moment when everyone from the party finds her. Holding a bloody
Despair Speaking
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I had decided to read this because Wish You Were Dead had some interesting twists and I had thought this book would be the same and even hoped it was actually better.

But it's worse.

Callie is an idiot. I sincerely felt no sympathy. She has no common sense. I wanted to smash her head in after reading the part where she, not only MISTOOK Katherine lying down bloody with a knife on her as a prank, she also HAD to pick it up even after finding out that Katherine was dead. Is she that retarded?
Trigger warnings: murder, parental abuse, bullying.

Oh jeez. This sounded like it was going to be a pretty intriguing YA thriller, albeit slightly Christopher Pike adjacent. Buuuut it was basically a big ol' hot mess.

- Callie is frustratingly dense. Like...GIRL. If you already look guilty, you're gonna look ten thousand times more guilty if you spend multiple days hiding from the police.
- The romantic relationship. Like...a kid who's still in middle school dating a sophomore? ICK. Hard pass.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I really liked the story, but the characters disappointed me. I liked the Callie, the main protagonist a lot in the beginning. I feel like I understood her action and the decisions she made because it was a highly emotional and shocking time for her. But my patience and understanding quickly wore thin. I feel like she made some glaringly stupid choices, not just after she was accused of murder, but even before it. The parts of the story retelling past events made me see her as weak and
Allison Kirchoff
Blood on my Hands is a book about a girl named Callie who was accused of a crime she didn't commit. When she finds her friend Katherine dead and picks up the knife that was used to kill her, everyone thinks that she murdered her and took her picture. Callie doesn't want to be arrested for something she didn't do, so she goes on the run. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, Slade, Callie sets out to find Katherine's real murderer. Callie has to keep disguising herself and hide from the police as ...more
Tiffany Reads It All
This just didn't work for me. I really should have abandoned it a few chapters in, but my curiosity got the best of me and I just had to find out who the killer was. (It wasn't who I expected, but that doesn't make up for the story overall.)

The writing was so disjointed--it skipped through time every chapter (present tense vs. past tense). While this created suspense and kept me reading, it also felt very uneven because I just wanted the writing style to be consistent.

Callie's flight from the
2 stars - YA Horror

This is an honest and highly subjective review, proceed with caution. You have been warned.

One thing in this book that had my interest is the plot - Who/why killed the victim, the mystery and the suspense. That was why I stuck, stayed and finished it. I could've DNF this book because the rest of the story though... was shite.

Let's rant. Woot woot!

Especially the main character. Reading those flashbacks were excruciating because there, you learnt about the heroine and she was
Jacob Crane
Apr 07, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Blood on My Hands by Todd Strasser is a mystery novel about a teenage girl named Cal who is being framed for a murder she did not commit. Cal is the protagonist in the book and she is not in a very good emotional state before the murder. Her boyfriend Slade is leaving for the army in a couple of days and they decided to break up. Cal is devastated by this and decided to go to a party. As she is walking in she sees a girl on the ground with a knife near her side. Cal decides to pick up the knife ...more
Ian Goldberg
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th-quarter, crime
Blood on My Hands was a very good book. It had lots of suspense. I couldn't stop reading it. It had a really good plot. The ending was great because I didn't expect it.
The book was about a girl named Callie. She was friends with a bunch of popular girls at her school. She was at a party when one of her friends tells her to look for another girl who has been gone a while. She goes looking for her and she finds her dead body. Someone murdered her. It is dark and she can't see that well. She sees
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why I decided to read this book:
I decided to read this book because I like crime/mystery books as they really interests as because they get my mind very involved with the story.

Which category on the bingo this book completes:
A book written with a female main character.

What I liked about this book:
I liked how this book hooks you into never wanting to out it down in the very first sentence, the mystery of what has happened is not revealed to the very end changing your thoughts of what's going on
Emory Holzer
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th-quarter, mystery
I loved this book. It was so suspenseful, and I was always on the edge of my seat. I think this book is good for anyone who likes mysteries. Throughout the book there were flashbacks that led up to the reveal of the real killer.
In the beginning Callie decides to go to a party. While she is at the party she realizes that her friend Katherine is missing. Dakota, her other friend, tells her to go look behing the dugout. When she gets there she sees Katherine on the ground dead. She tries to feel if
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
Katherine the high school queen bee is stabbed and killed during a party and "ex friend" Callie is at the crime seen holding the knife and hoving above katherine's dead body. Someone who showed up at the sceen takes a picture of callie holding the knife which sends callie on the run from the police to prove her innocence.

After everything that katerine has done to callie, callie isnt to upset over the death but is not going to let someone frame her for the murder. she has to figure out a plan and
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th-quarter
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Sophie Henderson
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book because the cover court my eye when I was trying to find a book to read from the school library. I also enjoy reading crime books. This book fits into the category on the bingo book as a book written in 2011. My favorite quote from the book is ''in fact do me a favor, okay?'' because in the end that seems to be why there was blood on Callie's hands because of a little favor. My favorite character from this book is Callie because she not afraid to speak the truth. The ...more
Amelia Hill
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely my favourite book in the trilogy. It kept throwing surprises at you and kept you on the edge of your seat. The book was so carefully and cleverly constructed that I was surprised when the killer was revealed. Amazing book.
Christine (KizzieReads)
Totally unexpected ending. Didn't see it coming. I thought it was a really good page turner. Just had a problem with one bit at the very first of the book. A little bit did not make sense but it all turned out good.
Averie Marin
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it keeps your attention fully when you read it .
Julia Grace
Oct 16, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on page 85. This book is really good so far. It's about a girl named Callie and she found one of her friends body behind a dugout at a party in the woods. Her name was Katherine and her best friend was Dakota. Dakota told Callie that everyone was looking for Katherine and told her to look behind the dugout. Callie went and found her and was felling her pulse to see if she was still alive but Callie found the knife that was stabbed in her. Dakota and her friends show up right after she found ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
The first thing I have to say is about the cover. It is the only reason I picked it up, that and the title. I was roaming around my public library and the title caught my eye and then the cover made me get it.

Moving on, I read maybe 70 pages and immediately wrote in my notes:

So far, very three star-y.

It was, and it got worse.

First of all, how stupid do you have to be to look for a pulse, find none, but still take the knife to see if it is fake. Really? If I had seen a dead body, fake or not, at
Jenna W
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenna White
Mrs. Toney
Period 1 and 2
Blood on my Hands
Summary: A girl named Katherine was killed at the park. Callie (her best friend) found her and saw something next to her. She picked it up and realized it was a knife. These two other girls were walking by and thought that Callie killed Katherine. The girls took at picture and reported it to the police.
The police have been searching for Callie for a couple of days. Callie wants to go and tell the truth but her brother tried to kill
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover:

This is the UK cover, and for some reasons, I like it better than the US cover, probably because Wish You Were Dead’s, the previous book’s, UK cover is way prettier than the US one. Although, the US one makes more sense….

The storyline:

This story has less horror in it than the previous book but way more suspense. I was holding my breath all the time because I knew something bad was going to happen.

The mystery in this story was the number one thing that kept me reading, it was a great
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Blood on my Hands Personal Response Chapter 1-20 (13/03/2018)

This book is about how Callie Carson is at a keg party. She was enjoying her time there when all the sudden people started looking for this girl called Katherine, one of the most popular IT girl goes missing. Everyone spreads out look for Katherine, Callie was the first one to find her lying down on the ground and pretending that was dead and had a bloody knife beside her. As soon as Callie pick up the knife, a few drops of blood went
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Having just finished reading Todd Strasser's IF I GROW UP to my 8th graders, I was excited to read another one of his books. BLOOD ON MY HANDS is the second book in what is described as a "thrill"-ogy that began with WISH YOU WERE DEAD.

Callie seems to have been caught red-handed, knife in hand, bent over the body of Katherine Remington-Day. Someone in the crowd that gathered snapped a picture of Callie holding the murder weapon, and
Aryssa Chambers
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Blood on my Hands, takes people through a heart pumping secret that makes good friends hate each other.Main character Callie is a high school student that goes through a rough time and gets in trouble by the police.But something tells her to go and find out what happened to a friend of hers.Also Callie stays in hiding for a good while and ask someone for help.
Characters: I really liked seeing what happens through Callie.She is smart,brave,and wants to see what things went on.Not just
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Callie finds her Katherine's body and discovers that her friend has been murdered. Moments later her classmates flood around her and find her holding the weapon in her hand and snap photos of her to post and spread online. Callie decides to run because the photos all point to her being the murderer. She sets out to discover the real murderer whilst trying to avoid being recognised by the public and avoid capture by the authorities.

The book was great at being suspenseful, hopping between the
Ms. Yingling
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Callie is at a kegger when she finds the dead body of her arch nemesis, Katherine. In a panic, she kneels by it and touches the knife that killed the girl. Unfortunately, Dakota is there with her cell phone and snaps a picture.

After Callie's brother beat their father almost to death, Callie's family has fallen apart. The only thing keeping her going was her boyfriend, Slade, who is in the army but not being shipped out because of a knee problem. But because of Katherine's evil machinations, the
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
Blood on her hands is a really gripping read. I devoured it in the space of 2 or three hours in one sitting and really enjoyed it.

If I had to say what book this is most like I would say it is like a slightly younger Lois Duncan mixed with a teen horror flick. It's not too gory and has loads of suspense and mystery that keeps you both engaged and guessing throughout the entire book.

The story starts quite dramatically. Callie is found with a knife in her hand standing over a girl who has been
Paula  Phillips
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wanting a novel that keeps you in suspense as we try and discover who the killer is and why the number #1 suspect is being framed ?
Blood on my hands , in many ways reminded me of plots that I have read a thousand times ( due to being such a huge reader) -though this is not to say I don't enjoy the plot in other novels . The rich, popular girl -the one everyone wants to be like is found murdered . The new girl in the group , the one with a dodgy past finds her and ends up being the number #1
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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Todd Strasser is an American author of more than 130 novels for adults, young-adults, and middle graders.

His most recent novel is Summer of '69

Booklist review: "Drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll, those hallmarks of the summer of 1969, are all here, but there's so much more. In this loosely autobiographical novel, Strasser introduces 18-year-old Lucas, who is bright and sensitive but also a screw up….

Other books in the series

Thrillogy (3 books)
  • Wish You Were Dead (Thrillogy, #1)
  • Kill You Last (Thrillogy, #3)
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