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To Catch a Killer

(Erin Blake #1)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,210 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a rela ...more
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Published February 7th 2017 by Tor Teen
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Soumil Maini Yep! One of my FAVORITE books that I've decided to do my Summer Homework on it! :)
Sheryl Scarborough Probably too late, but I just saw this. IMHO the theme of this book is family. What makes a family and why we care.
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
ONE STAR .

Yup.

Point. Five. Star.

Had to give it a rating......if anything but.


Here are SEVEN reasons why:

1) We have a 90 mph slam dunk INSTALOVE. Sorry, I'm getting rid of that shit, can't deal.

2) The main character is somehow smarter than every single adult character in this book, including the fucking police.....(cue eye roll).

3) Boring plot. Literally everyone I know has said this was a fast read...

....hells nuh-uh!
Holy shit I had to plod through this one. Seriously. Almost 5 DAYS TO FINIS
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Maureen
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent an advanced copy of this book for review from the publisher, all opinions are my own!*

Possibly more like 3.5/5 stars

This was a fun and FAST read. There came a point that I seriously couldn't put it down, the second night I MADE myself put it down because otherwise I would have been dead at work.

Erin was such an interesting main character and I loved reading about her. The plot was SO intriguing and I loved following the mystery throughout. Her friends were also so fun and I loved th
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ambsreads
TO CATCH A KILLER REVIEW IS ALSO ON MY BLOG, AMONG OTHER POSTS AND REVIEWS

R A M B L E

Here’s the thing, I’m super into mystery/crime stuff. Always have been and always will be. My mum has a fascination with serial killers and only reads mystery/thriller novels. My sister when she reads only reads crime novels. I read a large variety of novels but I love crime fiction. Like, wow. I’m currently obsessed with the YouTube channel CrimeDaily that displays evidence of crimes. I’m severely interested in
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Fiona
3.5 stars, rounded up for SCIENCE :)

The actual crime/mystery was fairly obvious from the start, but the characters were well written and I enjoyed the journey to the "reveal" despite figuring it out.

The "instalove" in this book isn't really - we're dropped in to the story where the lead character has an established crush, so I gave it a pass on that. And the science really was interesting; as a kid I was always fascinated by forensics, and it's nice to see a book that treats that as scientific,
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I would rate this one 3.5, it was a great YA thriller and a quick read.

I'm very behind on my reviews currently but hopefully I'll get to them this month.
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Let's start with the positive ones whitch are... The writing was fast, the characters were good, the love story between Erin and Journey was as much as it should be, all this forensic details were interesting (Im fan of CSI as well) so I enjoyed a little more this part, the background so much as Erin's as much as Journey were strong of itself, the writer would be done with it much more... which she didn't...

But....

But all positive ones are negated by the killer's discovery which was too soon..
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Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
4.5 Stars

It’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller, but when I first saw To Catch a Killer, I knew I had to pick it up. This is a fast-paced mystery about a young girl who attempts to solve two murders that are connected. I absolutely adored the use of forensics to crack the case and the main character’s intelligence. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it, even to those who aren’t big mystery fans.

This book is an action-packed mystery about a girl trying to find the person who ki
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Jen Ryland
I'm always up for a mystery, so I was excited to try To Catch a Killer. And there's so much about this book to like. First, Erin was a great main character -- smart and relatable. She hasn't had an easy life -- after the death of her mother she's been raised by her mom's best friend, and the fact that her mom's murder remains unsolved has cast a shadow over her life.

Along with her friends, Lysa and Spam, Erin runs an investigation business where she delves into cases of cheating boyfriends, etc.
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Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I liked the characters, the plot was pretty good and although in some moments it's easy to read by others it becomes a little heavy, on the other hand this isn't what mainly annoys me , actually was that I end up being quite predictable and I'm a little disappointed about because I think the most important thing in a crime and mystery book is to surprise you and leave you speechless, but that hasn't happened.

PS: The cover is incredible, I really love it and it goes well with the plot of the book
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Rachel's Book Reviews
This book is a disgrace to murder mysteries everywhere.

Well, To Catch a Killer wasn’t the worst mystery I’ve ever read…. But it’s definitely up there in the top five. It was SO BORING.



It doesn’t give the perp right away, but it might as well have. I still saw the end coming from a thousand miles away. It failed to wow me with Erin, or Journey. It kind of makes me sob.

BECAUSE JOURNEY IS AN AWESOME NAME.

WHY. WhY SuCh An AwEsOmE nAme? With such a boring story?! Ugh.

It just plods along. And it’s com
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Kate Watson
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a mystery/thriller novel in years, and this was the perfect book to remind me how enjoyable they are. Erin has known tragedy her whole life, but instead of it sinking her into despair, it has made her smart. A lot of things made this book enjoyable, including Erin's friends, Spam, Lysa, and Journey (I found myself wanting more of Spam and Lysa sleuthing, in fact), and the parts with her uncle Victor, but Erin's smarts topped the list. The scenes where she uses forensic science to ...more
Kate
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
A really fun YA thriller, especially for a My Favorite Murder podcast fan like me.
Sharon
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 2 years old, Erin Blake was found next to the body of her murdered mother. Determined to find her mother’s killer, a now teenaged Erin enlists the aid of her biology teacher who plans to create a forensic lab on campus.

In the next breath, said teacher is also murdered and none other than Erin has to be the one that finds her cold, bloody lifeless body.

The story had a great start and the opening chapters drew me in. The support characters especially Samantha aka Spam were funny and likeable. A
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Amber
Fast paced, but it ends on a unfinished cliffhanger.
Alexa
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I really don't often go out of my way to read thrillers or mysteries since it's not necessarily always my cup of tea. However, I decided to give TO CATCH A KILLER a shot simply because I thought the forensics angle was interesting. It was definitely engaging, and I was glued to the story till the end. I also liked the bits of forensics that were included, since I'm only familiar with forensics on a crime show basis. But there were also definitely things that made me roll my eyes a bit, and also ...more
Eileen (BookCatPin)
To Catch a Killer left me with mixed feelings. I enjoyed the overall story but I wasn't impressed with the mystery. It left more to be desired. However, as a hardcore crime show fan I was crazy excited about the forensic aspect in the book.

My main problem with To Catch a Killer was the lack of suspense to the story. I was expecting something gritty and dramatic but what I got was a little plain. Almost anticlimactic. Don't get me wrong, the story kept me guessing till the end but there just wasn
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Paula  Phillips
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erin Blake's name is famous in the way where when people hear it especially the police; they are transported back to the murder that rocked the small town where a mother was killed, and her toddler was left with the dead body for three days before discovery. Nobody knew who killed her mother and why Erin was left unharmed. Erin went on to live with her mom's best friend Rachel, and for the next fourteen years, she was unharmed. During her time with Rachel, Erin found a love for crime and forensi ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Every now and again, I love reading a mystery/thriller much like this one. They tend to be full of tense, edge of your seat action, and honestly make you guess at what's going on throughout the novel, leading up to this spectacular twist of a conclusion that you never see coming. I read so many thrillers throughout the year, and I can't resist a new one when I see it.

To Catch a Killer was on my list of must rea
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Suze Lavender
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone in town knows Erin Blake. Her mother was murdered when she was a little girl and the case was never solved. Erin survived the crime, while she was with her mother when it happened. Afterwards she was taken in by her mother's best friend Rachel. Erin doesn't know who her father is, but she'd love to know. That's why she asked her biology teacher for help. Miss P. wants to analyse DNA samples of the potential candidates. Erin managed to gather what she needs and drives to her teacher's ho ...more
Shelley
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

To Catch a Killer is the first installment in author Sheryl Scarborough's Erin Blake series. Erin's mother was murdered when she was 2 and she has been raised by her mother's best friend Rachel. Thanks to her uncle, FBI agent Victor Flemming, Erin is very interested in DNA and how the experts going about collecting evidence to hopefully put away murderers etc.

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20..
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A great mystery with realistic characters, cute romance and good suspense. It was slightly predictable, but I still really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to mystery/thriller fans!

Opening Sentence: I sooth my four head against the icy car window and breathe out of path of fog.

The Review:

When Erin was two years old her mother was brutally murdered, but for some strange reason Erin was left alive! Her story hit national news and sadly her m
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
GRADE: A-
4.5 stars

Erin Blake is that girl. You know the one. The toddler who walked around in the blood of her murdered mother for three days until she was found hungry and crying, because she couldn't wake her mommy. Now she's a teenager with a penchant for forensics, hoping to solve the identity of her father, and maybe her mother's killer. When her science teacher is murdered in a similar manner, Erin finds the body. Her amateur detective work makes her a suspect. With the help of her friends
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Ana ☾
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english, 2017
Omg this is what I been looking for!
I have been looking for a mystery/thriller young adult for a while but nothing really got my attention, until this book. And yeah, I know, in this type of books it is very obvious who the murderer is but I honestly don't care.
I really liked the main character (she was badass an fucking intelligent) and despite the fact that the friends were a little annoying sometimes, I also liked the friendship they had.
I liked Journey as well, my only problem with the ro
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Lori
I feel really bad about DNFing this but I just am not even really interested in the rest of this book. I read the first 145 pages and I'm just not engaged, I'm not connected to the characters at all, and everything so far seems to keep working out nice and smoothly for the characters. Every time there's a hitch or complication, the MC just happens to know someone or have something that solves that little problem. She knows someone who works at the police station, the FBI, as a lawyer, in technol ...more
Chelsea
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I was completely drawn in by what this story was about and mystery/thrillers/suspense are probably my favorite type of story. To Catch a Killer lived up to the expectations I had for it.

I am going to point out that the names were not a favorite of mine: Spam and Journey. All though, Spam's name turned out to actually be Samantha but still, wasn't really a fan of those names. That being said, Spam reminded me a
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Jana
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, arcs
To Catch a Killer, Sheryl Scarborough’s debut novel, is a YA mystery with a strong reliance on forensics, science, and actual detective work. Her heroine, Erin Blake, has honed her talent for investigation by helping her schoolmates determine whether their significant others are cheating on them – a passion which began with her mother’s unsolved murder, when Erin was just a toddler. As motivations go, it’s hard to beat “avenging a dead parent and bringing the perpetrator to justice,” and Erin ...more
Kathy Martin
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TO CATCH A KILLER was an entertaining mystery. Erin Blake has an interest in forensics. She has a personal reason for her interest. When she was a toddler, her mother was killed by an unknown assailant leaving Erin to spend three days with her mother's body. She was taken in by her mother's best friend Rachel who has raised her since. But Rachel doesn't want to share any information about Erin's mother and Erin's past and Erin has lots of questions.

Erin's high school biology teacher also has an
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Zoe

2.5 stars
There’s always right and wrong. And then there’s what your gut tells you to do. My gut has never steered me wrong.
To Catch a Killer was an entertaining and engrossing story (as most mysteries are), but even the fast pace of the story can't cover up the fact that the reveal itself was extremely predictable and the plot overall was very unrealistic.

When Erin Blake was a toddler, her mother was murdered. Now sixteen, Erin has made it her mission to discover what exactly happened
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Jacob the Bookworm
I had put this book off for a little while, mainly because I hadn’t heard anything about it. I finally picked it up, and I am so glad I did. I absolutely fell in love with this book! It is a YA murder mystery, which is nice because I haven’t found too many that I enjoy.

Erin Blake, our main protagonist, will forever be known as the girl who’s mother was murdered. Now, some years later, she has to deal with the death of her beloved teacher, Mrs. P. Erin, along with her friends Spam and Alyssa, and
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rachel
To Catch a Killer was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year but it fell short. It was a slow-paced story that dragged out a predictable and unexciting plot. While I liked that the mystery was very forensic-orientated, I found it laughable how unrealistic it played out. The foreshadowing was also incredibly clunky. It made the identity of the murderer completely obvious within the first thirty pages. The writing was also a bit uninspired. The romance subplot did not help. Do I even ...more
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