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Killing Rachel (The Murder Notebooks #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  399 Ratings  ·  54 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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Apr 30, 2013 Rose 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
Just eurgh! So frustrated with this series. Writing review now


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 reading I stil
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 (overflowing library)
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
Aug 30, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Apr 28, 2016 Beth 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
Susy Goldstone
May 27, 2015 Susy Goldstone 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 once, therefore I tend to b
Liberty Gilmore
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 I was more
May 21, 2013 Readgig 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.
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Owen Harvey
Mar 14, 2014 Owen Harvey rated it it was amazing
A very good book, from a very good author. This book and the series itself was new and refreshing and provided plenty of guessing moments and refreshing cliffhangers. Anne Cassidy was already one of my favourite authors but this new series (The Murder Notebooks) has only put her higher in my list. The characters are well developed and the plot has you guessing around every corner. I love the fact that you can solve the crimes and puzzles in your head, which I find is all part of the fun of a mur ...more
Blarg! This book was simultaneously intriguing and frustrating!

I'm not really a fan of Rose. I think she does a lot of stupid stuff. But I really like the idea of her and Josh getting together! I'm mostly reading it for the mystery and for that relationship to come to fruition. Sadly, they probably won't admit their feelings til the very last book >_< haha

I was proud of my Russian reading skillz when I was able to read that the ID bracelet belonged to Viktor. Then the book took away my sat
Adele Broadbent
Jun 04, 2015 Adele Broadbent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd in the Murder Notebooks Series.
Rose and Joshua's parents went out for dinner one night - and never came back. The police have all but given up finding any trace of them and Rose and Joshua won't accept that they are dead. This part of this intriguing series is continuing that search. But a past school friend contacts Rose. Why does Rachel want to talk to her? Rose has tried to forget this girl who played mind games with her at school.
But when Rachel ends up dead, Rose can't ignore it any
Meredith Fletcher
May 25, 2015 Meredith Fletcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-done, 4-star
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 calls, whic
Dec 15, 2014 Rachel 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.

I made the mi
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 t
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
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 moreinformationabout what happened totheirparents. 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 ...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
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's mum and
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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
Feb 06, 2016 Jo 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 parents disapp
Dec 12, 2012 Zoe 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 book, Rose's forme
May 09, 2016 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series was really good. Full of twists and turns as our two heroes try to find out what happened to their parents. As I result I was eager to read this book, the second book in the series. Well, the whole entire plot is about this girl called Rachel who is found dead. No surprises there given the title of the book! However, this had nothing to do with the original story line! Just a brief mention once in a while as though the author suddenly remembered what the series is a ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Kim rated it did not like it
Hmm...disappointed with this one. Rose states at the beginning that her and Josh are trying to get on with their lives and not focus on the disappearance of their parents. So what does she do instead? Starts investigating the death of a former school mate. A girl that was an on again off again friend. Prior to the girls death Rose hadn't talked to the girl in over a year and had been receiving letters from her, but Rose barely read them let alone answered them, and we are expected to believe she ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember loving Dead Time the first book in this series so when I spotted this, I grabbed it. It was brilliant, kept you guessing through the story, while reeling you in just enough to keep you going that it twisted when you least expected it too. Not fast paced but a very well written book and I'm very much looking forward to the next one.
Mar 11, 2016 Abigail rated it liked it
This book started off quite slow and I was surprised that Cassidy hadn't continued her great flow of writing from the first book 'Dead Time' to this second book. To me, this book was more of an in-depth focus into the main character's background and as a reader I felt that this helped to connect with Rose more on an emotional level - proof of Cassidy's clever writing style. However, at the end, everything in the story sped up to make up for the slow and graduality of the rest of the book - in bo ...more
Beverley Spiller
Jan 09, 2015 Beverley Spiller rated it really liked it
Sleepless night so finished the book like before there are kind of two stories running co currently once concludes and the other continues onto the next book
Suzanne Dix
Dec 19, 2015 Suzanne Dix marked it as to-read
I really enjoyed the first one and thought for sure that I would get to this one...but it keeps getting replaced by other books. I think I'll have to give up on ever getting to this one.
Nov 10, 2014 Rach rated it it was amazing
an excellent read that draws you in page by page......fantastic writing
Mar 06, 2014 Just rated it liked it
This book was ok, won't win any literary awards but good to get rid of a few hours.
Feb 26, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Melhor que o primeiro, mas ainda um 3 estrelas
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