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Killing Rachel

(The Murder Notebooks #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Rose's mother and Joshua's father have disappeared. Police inquiries have gone nowhere and the case, it seems, is closed: Rose and Joshua have been told that the police believe their parents are dead. But Rose and Joshua still hold out hope that they are alive. Joshua is determined to follow up his own inquiries, which includes working out the meaning of the cryptic notebo ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Walker Childrens (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rose
Jan 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Initial reaction: Argh, this hurts to write. You know, despite my criticisms of it in some modes, I actually did like Anne Cassidy's first book in this series, "Dead Time". Rose was a flawed protagonist in that, but at least she owned up to where she was wrong and the cases and mysterious elements of the murders in that were interesting.

This book? I can't even begin to note how tough it was to slog through 2/3 of this book with very sloppy prose, lack of an engaging mystery, Rose being utterly insuffera
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Jennifer ✨
Killing Rachel, the sequel to 'Dead Time' was suprisingly upaced and strong willed and for, me developed the character of Rose, as you are given her backstory - which makes her a hell of a lot more likeable. I was a little disappointed with Dead Time as I found Rose highly annoying and although I wasn't thrilled by this book - it was for me an improvement from Dead Time. Rose's ex-best friend - Rachel has been found dead in the school lake under mysterious circumstances. There is a startling new ...more
15CatterfeldD
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the second in a series. I actually read this book first accidentally and enjoyed it so much I went back and read the first. This was a real page turner and I couldn't put it down. There were many plot twists that kept me on my feet which was exciting. I would definitely recommend it to readers aged 13+.
Char
Just eurgh! So frustrated with this series. Writing review now

FULL REVIEW:

For my pre read thoughts and rating reasons please visit my blog, From the Shadows I Review

Okay, you remember the issues I had with ‘Dead Time’? The ones that I assumed were first book jitters as Anne Cassidy figured out the pace of her book and how the series arc was going to fit over the course of the books? Well it turns out, I was wrong. They’re still there, this story wasn’t engaging either. As I was
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Dianne
The mystery of the Butterfly Project grows as Rachel and Joshua continue to try to solve the disappearance of Rose's mother and Joshua's father five years prior. Even the police have closed the investigation, but these two teens are continuing to look for answers. When Roses' ex-best friend starts to send Rose messages, saying she needs to talk to her, Rose ignores her, still feeling the sting of their lost friendship. Then, Rachel turns up dead, and Rose must give the letters to the police. Rac ...more
Kirsty
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Another interesting read in the murder notebooks series from Anne Cassidy.

The main plot for this series revolves about the death of Rachel, a girl whom Rose had previously been at boarding school with as well as spending time getting more into the supposed murder of Rose and Josh's parents some 5 years previously.

I can't say too much about this book or I'll give to much away but needless to say this story was an exciting read and lots more revelations were unveiled as Rose and Josh try to find
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Readgig
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed this book, I think that the superb craft of Anne Cassidy combined with a complex and thrilling story have worked fantastically together creating a totally gripping narrative particularly in the last few chapters. The two interlinking plots create a fast moving pace keeping the reader involved and eager to find out what’s the next step.
Reviewed by Beth.

Read the full review on our website.
Daniel
Jul 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 1.0 of 5

I have often enjoyed YA novels but it's only been in the last couple of years that I've come to enjoy mysteries so this is possibly one of the first books I've read that is a cross between the two. It also happens to be one of the oldest books in my Advance Reading Copy queue. And now I wish it had stayed in the queue.

First, this is apparently a second book in a series - though I'm not convinced that it
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Annabelle Heath
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
When I picked up Killing Rachel, I didn't realise that it was a second in a series. In fact, I had no idea until I came to write this review and saw that it was #2. There isn't much in the opening that gives any indication that things have come before it, but I say this because it might go some way to explain why I found it so difficult to get into this book.

I've been picking at this a few pages at a time for weeks, not really settling into it and getting through it at any rate until
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Molly
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a pretty good book. I don’t think I liked it AS much as the first one, but it was still a solid sequel. And it unraveled some more of the mystery regarding the disappearance of Josh and Rose’s dad and mom (they’re not siblings or blood-related at all—thought I’d put that out there, in case they end up having a romance I might mention later on). I look forward to the next two books in this series, and where the story leads. I really like how it’s a complete mystery, a true crime/missing ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
In the second book of the series Rose has to return to her old school in unfortunate circumstances after her old best friend dies suddenly after she'd written to Rose previously crying for help after supposedly seeing a ghost.



However after solving how she died, she also helps Josh as nearby they discover their parents may have been living briefly at a secluded cottage and as her old friend was a known harsh liar, can she trust something she told her in the past which just
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ForeverAnAuthor
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, sadly, I guessed the murderer from the beginning. It's sad, I know. However, I did not guess the reason for the murder. Somehow, the way the author placed the character just seemed... suspicious. Idk, it was quite a random guess. >.<
Anyways, the author links it back to the original mystery quite nicely, and I can't wait to read the next book. :P
Overall, it was good (though not good as the first book! ^w^)
Hannah
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I most definitely preferred this to the first book! I can't pinpoint a reason - I just did. I guess it has something to do with the fact that this has been the book I've been reading late at night and first thing in the morning in order to relax - I've been reading and annotating A Christmas Carol the rest of the time!
Kez Green
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
the seconds in the murder notebook series I read the first one and read this straight after it was enjoyable as the first one but it was obvious its part of a larger story so until i've read them all it wouldn't be fair to judge fully but it did make me want to read the rest so on the weight of that I's say its a good book.
Janine
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel. I started the series with the last book. But this book sets it up nicely, and the start of what is to come in the later novels. 'm reading the rest of them. Will Rose and Joshua see their parents again.
Amy Dowling
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
INCREDIBLE
MaxiMim-Curse
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think that the book was very good and I can't wait to read the next books so that the mystery is solved.
Sumaya
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

I really love this new series, The Murder Notebooks, by Anne Cassidy. The first book in the series, Dead Time, was my first introduction to Anne Cassidy's novels, and I will certainly pick up her backlist on the strength of these two books. I really love the idea behind the books, but especially the characters.

The Murder Notebooks series is based around the disppearance of Rose and Joshua's parents many years ago. Both Rose'
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Rachel
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Firstly, before I begin, let me explain why the title of this post is somehow different. In the previous reviews, the titles were all quotes from the book, but for this book, I didn’t manage to find any memorable quotes.

The reason why I picked up this book was due to the title (yes, my name is Rachel) and the cover looked intriguing. I also wanted to read more mystery books and I thought that perhaps I could start with this one but after finishing the book, I didn’t really enjoy it.<
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Yolanda Sfetsos
Last year I read and really enjoyed DEAD TIME--the first book in The Murder Notebooks series--so I was eager to find out what was next for Rose and Joshua.

Rose and Joshua aren't real brother and sister, but their parents lived together for a while so they both remember living as a happy family. Then Rose's mother and Joshua's father went missing, tearing their lives apart. After reconnecting via email and finally meeting, their mutual need to find out what really happened to their parents led them to a mystery t
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Zoe
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this series, I really did. The series sounded intriguing and I was curious how the events were going to unfold. I am a big fan of crime stories and thrillers so the idea of a 'murder notebook' seemed promising. Although I found the storyline interesting, the book didn't live up to my expectations.


The Murder Notebooks series revolves around the disappearance of Rose and Joshua's parents and this is the second book which carries on from Dead Time. In this
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Michelle
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Dead Time last year and enjoyed it so I jumped at the chance to pick up a copy of the second book in the series, Killing Rachel.  We pick up the story with Josh and Rose still secretly looking for more information about what happened to their parents.  However the bonds between Josh and Rose don't seem as strong, him wanting to believe in any sign he can, whether it be physical or just a feeling, she is unwilling to believe it, and this causes a strain on their friendship with one or the other b ...more
Cate Neuhauser
Anything entitled The Murder Notebooks should be fascinating right? Not so, I should have looked more into the plot and reviews before I purchased the novel. The Murder Notebooks: Killing Rachel by Anne Cassidy takes play in London, following the investigation of teenager Rose looking for her missing parents. This is the second book in the series, but I never read the first one. To be honest, I didn’t know that Killing Rachel was the second, but it really didn’t matter. The novel gives enough ba ...more
Meredith Fletcher
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-done
This is the second book in the 'The Murder Notebooks' series and may contain spoilers for the first book.

Rose Smith and Joshua Johnson are looking for her mother and his father who both disappeared 5 years ago. The police have said their parents are dead, but when some of Joshua's dad's belongings appear they have reason to believe that their parents are still alive. Alongside this, Rose's ex-friend from her old boarding school, Rachel, starts to send her disturbing letters and phone
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Susy Goldstone
May 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before you say anything about the rather depressing-looking title of this book, don’t worry, it’s honestly not sad in the slightest. I’d use the word melodramatic instead.

I’ve always said that Anne Cassidy books are risky – she is either brilliant or spectacularly awful. There is no in between. With her, it’s one or the other. And, unfortunately, this book was not good.

Over the years, I’ve learned not to buy Anne Cassidy books, as they can often end up being read only onc
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CherryCarrot
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I find Anne Cassidy's books quite hit and miss. Some - like the first JJ book - are excellent, while others feel a bit... meh. And Killing Rachel is one of the meh ones. I'm a bit disappointed as I really enjoyed Dead Time, the previous book in this series, and was interested in knowing how Joshua and Rose's search for their parents progressed. Sadly, while some new facts are uncovered in this book, there's too much focus on the much less interesting mystery of how Rose's old frienemy, Rachel Bl ...more
Beth
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very much enjoying this series by Anne Cassidy. I love how the relationship between Josh and Rose is developing while looking into the disappearance of their parents. Skeggsie (a friend and room-mate of Josh) is working closely with them both, running checks on the notebooks which they are trying to decipher and just helping in any way he can. When Rose gets a few letters then phone calls from a girl called Rachel whom she used to be friends with at boarding school, she ignores them, as she ...more
Pamela Todd
Rose’s mother and Joshua’s father have disappeared. To everyone else the case is closed and the couple are believed dead. But to Rose and Josh there is a question mark hovering over everything. Josh strives to decipher the puzzling ‘murder notebooks’ and Rose continues to hold onto the hope that she will see her mother again.

Rose starts to receive letters from a girl she used to be friends with. Rachel is insistent that Rose calls her, she has information she needs to tell her that is of the ut
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Jo
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
The Murder Notebooks series revolves around the disappearance of Rose and Joshua's parents a decade earlier. Both Rose's mother and Joshua's father were police officers working cold cases and were engaged to be married, thus blending these two families together.

But one day, the two disappear, presumed dead and Rose and Joshua are shipped off to different areas of the country. Then Joshua gets in contact with Rose and together with Joshua's roommate, Skeggsy, they investigate their pa
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