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Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff.


That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes.
Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been
happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply
into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and
her friends unravel a web of deception
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Allen & Unwin
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May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Libby Lawson and Cooper Bartholomew bump into one another in an aisle of a bottle shop. From this day on they become friends and as time goes on, their feelings for one another begin to get stronger. But of course not everyone was happy about Libby and Cooper being together. Sebastian, who was Cooper's best friend was one of them. Cooper couldn't understand Sebastian's change in attitude every time he saw him.

On the day Cooper's body was discovered people believed it was suicide, but Libby was n
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Cooper Bartholomew is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, everyone assumes he committed suicide even though he was a young man with a blossoming career to look forward to, in love with a wonderful girl and full of plans for their future life together. In this sad, and moving story Rebecca James takes us through the events that led up to Cooper's death and its aftermath as seen through the eyes of his family and friends. Some of them are hiding secrets and there will be surprising revelatio ...more
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Before I go into my review, let me just clear up that this is a new adult novel. The characters have finished high school and most of them are twentyish, there's a bit of sex that was described a little more than what you'd find in a YA novel. Just mentioning this because Goodreads has it shelved most as YA and that's definitely not correct. I would have liked to know beforehand, y'know? Nonetheless, that didn't affect my enjoyment.


I'm quite sure why m
Libby Lawson was a quiet, conscientious student, loved the arts and had a close circle of friends. When she collided with Cooper Bartholomew in an aisle in the bottle shop, causing a bottle of tequila to crash to the floor, she was angry; mainly at herself but the fact that Cooper was someone she had recognised instantly from school, and he hadn’t recognised her stung. She knew she was way out of his league – Cooper and Sebastian were part of the rich, pretentious group that wouldn’t have anythi ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, contemporary
That was the thing about people like Cooper. They were so noticeable to us, they loomed so large and bright on our social radars, and yet to them we we barely blips.

We all remember what it was like to be younger right? We remember the cliques at school; the cool kids, the nerdy kids, the sporty kids, and so on. It's no different in this book. Cooper is one of those golden kids; blessed with good looks and popularity that seems to cruise through life with nary a problem - at least on the fac
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Psychological thrillers are one of my favourites – and each and every one of Rebecca James’ novels have been flawless in that respect. They feature characters from the much overlooked demographic of university students, but these NA books are not your typical NA romance.

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead is told through five different people who were involved with Cooper before his untimely death, which happens at the start of the
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, I just read this book in one day. Loved it. Loved every narrative point of view - something that almost never happens for me when I read books with shared narratives. I loved all the main characters even the despicable ones, cared about what happened to them, rooted for them to overcome their obstacles (themselves). The relationship between Cooper & Libby was beautiful (older + sexy times) and the mystery slowly and beautifully and agonizingly unravelled (through the haze of drugs and alcoho ...more
rachel ☾
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review copy provided by Allen & Unwin Australia for an honest review.

I wish I could be more generous with the rating because bloody hell this book was good, but there were just a couple of tiny things that didn't work for me.

Before we get into the small amount of negativeness, let me just say a big thank you to Rebecca James - finally an author has listened to our pleas and we got a wonderful, slow-building relationship built on mutual affection between two decent characters. There was no inst
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

When Cooper Bartholomew's broken body is found at the base of a cliff his death is declared a suicide but Libby, Cooper's girlfriend, refuses to believe him capable of it. Desperate to understand what led him to the edge, Libby retraces Cooper's last hours, eventually unraveling a tale of betrayal, jealousy, and shocking secrets.

The story unfolds from the alternating perspectives of Cooper, Libby, Sebastian and Claire, and shifts between 'then', detailing the events that led up to Cooper's death
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya, bookgasm
Incredible. Phenomenal. Unprecedented. Exceptional. There isn't one particular word to summarise the brilliance that is Cooper Bartholomew is Dead. It lured me in, kept me enthralled and left me with a bittersweet and emotional ending. This is how you create one of the best young adult novels that readers will inhale.
That's the thing about people like Cooper. They were so noticeable to us. they loomed so large and bright on our social radars. and yet to
Kristine Davila
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 alive stars!

The title of this book is catchy enough to tickle my fancy. Yeah, I truly enjoyed reading this. I was excited to know how did Cooper actually died. The characters were all great, (not nice as characters) and were developed well. The book was divided into THEN and NOW which was a good strategy but I think the twists were lost in it. It had slide and flowed with the story instead of slamming it into your face. I had guessed mostly all of the supposed-to-be big revelations but the st
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books*

Expertly woven in a psychological thriller which Rebecca James has executed so well, Cooper Bartholomew is Dead is a suspenseful and gripping read where supposed friendships are tested, deep-seated secrets come to light and one boy's death seems to hold more than what first meets the eye.

Ever since reading Sweet Damage, I've been fascinated and impressed by this author's work. Not only are the stories set in Australia to give that sense of fam
Not a long review, just a short one to express my feelings.

This one was an awesome book. Unlike many mystery books Rebecca James did something different, we start immediately at the point where Cooper dies. We immediately start in the now part. Which I absolutely loved, it made me want to know the culprit and the whys and hows even more than usual. Normally I would get bored halfway through most mysteries, however this one grabbed me and held me tightly and didn't let me go until the very end, u
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
‘Cooper Bartholomew is Dead’ is the new YA novel from Australian author Rebecca James.

I’ve been excited for this novel since 2010. That’s when I read James’s debut ‘Beautiful Malice’ and first saw the title of her work-in-progress, ‘Cooper Bartholomew is Dead’. No synopsis or release date, let alone information on if the book had even been sold to a publisher … just that title, and I was hooked. Four years later and ‘Cooper Bartholomew is Dead’ is Rebecca James’s third book – after loving ‘Beaut
Fleur Ferris
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced psychological thriller that gripped me on the first page and kept me enthralled until the last. This is one of the best Young Adult / New Adult books I've ever read and it will be enjoyed by readers if any age. I highly recommend this book! ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This book, like many Rebecca James has written, contains a certain eery feeling. I personally love it, now and again. Going back and forth between past and present certainly made it a lot harder to guess the truth of the mystery, it was great! It gave the ending the element of surprise!
Kayla K
Nov 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Never cried so much EVER
Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first Rebecca James novel, and I have to say, I am impressed! This is a great Aussie thriller, which kept me guessing and entertained all the way until the very end.

Cooper Bartholomew is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The ruling is suicide. But are things really as they initially seem?

What I loved about this book is the fact that it is told through four different characters, in past and present tense, as well as being told from both first and third person narrative.. I know this
Lauren (Bookworm Boutique)
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what I would think off this book when I saw it in The Warehouse's bargain bin, my fiance was meeting me for dinner and I needed a book to read for the hour I had to wait. I'd seen it on the shelves before and I have to say that I found the cover extremely beautiful, but I didn't expect to enjoy the story inside as much as I did.

The book focuses on two groups of University students in Australia who are very different from each other, and how Cooper, from one group, and Libby, from a
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (September 22)

I received a copy of this book from Allen and Unwin in exchange for review.

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Cooper is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. His death is presumed a suicide. Sounds fishy to Libby, his grieving girlfriend.

Straight off the bat, let me say how impressed I was with the overall experience of reading this book. The plot is tight, the narrative style is interesting and well constructed and the characters – oh the c
Yolanda Sfetsos
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from the library, and as soon as I started I was hooked!

When Cooper Bartholomew is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, it affects a lot of people. They say he committed suicide, but Cooper's girlfriend--Libby--can't accept it. Her boyfriend was happy, he had big plans for the future, and they were very much in love with each other.

So she starts asking questions, and soon realises that there's a lot more going on. A web of lies and secrets, spanning several decades, slowly s
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, first-reads
Firstly, I won this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you to all authors and readers who support this excellent scheme. The copy reviewed was marked as an Uncorrected Proof.

The novel ostensibly centres around the suicide of Copper Bartholomew - all is not as it seems and his ex-girlfriend Libby is determined to find out what really happened. However, it is as much about the themes of apparent popularity, the meaning of friendship,rejection and small town secrets.

James' portrayal of cha
I read this in no time at all. It's edge-of-your-seat stuff. And yet, it was all pretty predictable, and with characters who are not very likeable, it's sometimes hard to care.

I mean, when the nicest person in the book is dead, what does that say?

I just feel immense sadness about Cooper, and sympathy for Libby. (view spoiler). I want the nice people to be happy too.

Sigh. Unrealistic, I know
THIS WAS GOOD. Really good, actually. Felt that parts of it were a bit anti-climatic . . . but overall, it was a really good read. Full review coming soon! I will definitely be reading more from this author. :)
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't wait for this book! I love Rebecca James, and have since Beautiful Malice came out, when I was more naive to the world of good psychological thrillers. Bring it on! ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Ok, so I know it looks like it took me 5 months to read this...but in reality it only took me, like, 3 sittings.

Really good book. I'm just really, really sad that Cooper is dead.
Amra Pajalic
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya
Rebecca James has done it again and written a thriller with heart. Love everything she writes and can't wait for more. ...more
Brit McCarthy
It just so happened that my wonderful friend Tessa somehow ended up with two copies of Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead, which meant I ended up with an awesome advanced copy, which flew with me to Sydney. I’d had other books to read so it took me a few weeks to get around to it and I really wish I’d just listened to Tessa and started it as soon as I got it!

Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead is written in both present and past tense (‘then’ and ‘now’), from four perspectives (Cooper, Libby, Claire and Sebastia
Emma Ruth
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC Review

It's taken me a while to write a review of Cooper Bartholomew is Dead because I'm not entirely sure how I felt about it. Did I love it? Did I hate it? Sure, there was unavoidable heartache, says so in the title, but there were also a lot of really beautiful moments. Then again, those beautiful moments made the heartache worse, but I kind of think it was worth it.
Aside from the death part, I found I could really relate to this book. The characters were all my age, in their second year
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
That was the thing about people like Cooper. They were so noticeable to us, they loomed so large and bright on our social radars, and yet to them we were barely blips. We knew stuff about them, we talked about them and watched them. We dreamed of being invited to their stupid parties. But they knew nothing about us. Not our names, not even our faces. They were indifferent. They made us feel small and boring. They made us feel invisible.

I had been wanting to read a Rebecca James book for the
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Rebecca James is the author of BEAUTIFUL MALICE, SWEET DAMAGE and COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD. She has worked as a waitress, a kitchen designer, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a barmaid, and (most memorably) a mini-cab telephone-operator in London. Rebecca lives in Warrnambool, Australia, with her partner and their five children.

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