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The Sorority Murder

(Regan Merritt #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  4,730 ratings  ·  645 reviews
"The 10 Best New Mystery and Thriller Books of December are Giving Us Literal Chills"--E! Online

"10 Books to Cozy Up With This December"--PopSugar

A popular sorority girl. An unsolved murder. A campus podcast with chilling repercussions.

Lucas Vega is obsessed with the death of Candace Swain, who left a sorority party one night and never came back. Her body was found after
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 28th 2021 by Mira Books
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Melissa (In Catch-Up Mode)
Dec 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up

This is a creative mystery with some good points and a few shortcomings, but the good outweighs the bad overall.

The Good
The main premise of this book is that college student Lucas Vega has started a podcast in order to find more information and possibly solve the disappearance and then murder of Candace Swain three years previously. Candace was a senior nursing student at Northern Arizona University when Lucas was a freshman, and she disappeared after a sorority party and wa
Joey R.
Feb 21, 2022 rated it it was ok
2.0 stars— The whole time I was reading “The Sorority Murder” by Allison Brennan I asked myself why am I not liking this more. Now that it took me over 2 weeks to finish it, I can finally answer that question .. I was bored. The book has a good premise as it follows a college student’s investigation into a murder that occurred on campus as he attempts to get answers by hosting a live podcast on the subject. The student, Lucas, and a former Federal Marshall, Reagan begin hitting nerves with some ...more
Feb 04, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2022, audiobook
This was right up my alley, an everyday person trying to solve an unsolved crime from the past. I like to imagine that I too could have the smarts to find and follow the clues, then solve the mystery while maintaining a humble, aw shucks, I just got lucky, attitude.

Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find this to be slow to start. In fact, I was very much invested in the first third or so, then the middle part just dragged on without much excitement or credible clues. The last third piqued my inter
booksnpenguins (desktop's version)

The moment I saw this cover and read the blurb, I was obsessed with reading this book and, like an itch you can't scratch, I couldn't properly do anything until I started reading The Sorority Murder and get it finally out of my system.

Now that I finished it, though, it's not with a tad of bitterness that I'm saying the idea of this book was way better than its outcome.

Lucas Vega is hosting a podcast called The Sorority Murder as a capstone project, where he elaborates the facts that happ
Apr 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, library
3.5 stars, rounded up
Sometimes, I just need a good old fashioned mystery. The Sorority Murder fit the bill.
Candice Swain’s body was found 8 days after she left a sorority party. Lucas Vega saw her that night. Now, three years later, he’s obsessed with her murder and is hosting a podcast to try and obtain info on what happened to her. Regan Merritt is a retired US Marshall that Lucas interviews on the podcast and they end up teaming up. I found Regan an interesting character, with a compelling b
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
She was at the party, and now she is dead.

Who saw Candace when she left the party after an argument three years ago ?

Where was Candace for a week before they found her in the lake?

Candace was a popular sorority sister, and the publicity for the sorority with the re-opening of this case through podcasts is not what they wanted.

Many sorority members were nervous when, Lucas, a friend of Candace’s started podcasts to try to get people to remember that night in hopes that after three years new clues
Oct 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
So I am a huge true-crime podcast lover and these books that use a podcast as a way to work through the story and crime I am really enjoying!
Let's start at the beginning. A very popular Sorority girl is murdered. Candace was at a sorority house party and when she left that night she was never seen alive again. Two weeks after that night her body was found. That was three years ago, now her murder is a cold case.
Lucas is a forensics major and he is interning at the medical examiner's office. He
Dec 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Popular sorority girl Candace Swain left a party one evening and was never seen again. Two weeks later, her body was discovered. The case was never solved. Three years later, Lucas Vega finds new information while interning at the medical examiner’s office. The police brush him off showing no interest. Lucas becomes consumed with the case creating a podcast focusing on Candace and the events leading up to her disappearance. He encourages listeners to call in if they remember anything or have any ...more
Apr 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book definitely connected my love of reading and true crime podcasting. This mix really made for a fast read that I could not put down. As a reader you are on the frontlines of a cold case investigation as new evidence is coming to light and not everyone is as they seem.
DJ Sakata
Jan 16, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

A lie for a good reason is still a lie.

When there is no place to go, you go home.

Regan had to really dig down to dredge up sympathy for her. A pathetic, selfish, sociopath. Maybe she didn’t have any sympathy.

My Review:

I preface my review with the confessions that it has been decades since I stepped on a college campus, I have always had a negative opinion of Greek life, I have never listened to a podcast, and I had to Google what crowdsourcing and capstone projects were. This ten
Mar 27, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Brennan and I truly enjoyed it. Part amateur sleuth, part police procedural, part capturing the perpetrator - the Law & Order fan in me really connected with the writing.

Somewhat of a disclaimer, I don’t actually like podcasts (I’ve just never been able to get into them) and was a little worried I wouldn’t click with that aspect. However, Brennan used it as an intriguing catalyst that led to a full scale investigation and vehicle for sharing information in a unique way
Jan 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who killed Candace Swain? The popular college senior at North Arizona University went missing after the Sigma Rho sorority’s Spring Fling and her body was found several days later. Three years later, student Lucas Vega starts a podcast which is approved by the university as his Senior Project. He names it The Sorority Murder and hopes it will do what the local police had failed to do. Solve the murder. The sorority members won’t talk to him and others are afraid to speak up. And why is Lucas so ...more
Lucas Vega is hoping to uncover answers in the cold case of Candace Swain, a fellow college student murdered three years earlier. A homeless man was the main suspect, but Lucas has evidence that suggests otherwise. So far, he’s been railroaded by Candace’s sorority sisters and the Flagstaff Police, but he hopes with the help of Former US Marshall, Regan Meritt, he’ll be to get answers. Lucas has a personal stake in finding the truth, one he doesn’t want to share just yet.

I really liked Regan an
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Dec 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sorority Murder is a gripping novel of loyalty, betrayal, and murder from Allison Brennan.

For his college Capstone Project, Forensics student, Lucas Vega has launched a podcast in the hopes of solving the cold case murder of popular nursing student, Candace Swain. Three years ago Candace left the Sigma Rho Spring Fling after an argument with a few of her sorority sisters, and disappeared, her body was discovered a week later in a nearby lake. The podcast isn’t gaining the traction Lucas hope
Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
3.5 rounding down to 3. There were a few times in this book where I was like, yeah, I can get into this. Unfortunately, those moments didn't last long enough for me to round this one up to 4 stars and overall, it just fell a bit flat. Right off the bat, I found there were way too many characters, most that were unneeded in the grand scheme of things. I also felt like there were a number of plot lines that were hinted at but never really fleshed out and shouldn't have been there in the first plac ...more
Aniruddha M
Jan 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
Lucas Vega, a criminal justice student at North Arizona University, starts a Podcast investigating the 3.5-year-old murder of Candace Swain, which was never solved. Joining him at the behest of his professor is ex-US Marshal, Regan Merritt. Together they start asking questions on Lucas’s Podcast, looking for information on Candace’s whereabouts for the week she remained missing, before being found dead.
But their probing ruffles quite a few feathers, especially as it becomes clear that some peopl
Kori Potenzone
Nov 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
If I ever go missing, I want Lucas Vega on the case.

The Sorority Murder followed Lucas Vega in his pursuit to uncover the truth about a campus crime. Along the way you find out just why this case meant so much to him. Lucas never once gave up and did not stop until he achieved his goal, even if it put his life in danger.

This is a hard book to review as I don't want to give away any spoilers!

The only qualm I had was that the book did drag a bit and I was still left with a few questions on the
This was fine. I kind of guessed everything, but I liked the concept and the characters. I wish the podcast was a bigger element.
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Allison Brennan is quickly becoming a favourite author of mine. Therefore, when the opportunity to read her latest novel came my way, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. The Sorority Murder delivered an intriguing, complex and slow burn mystery which held me captive from start to finish.

The Sorority Murder introduces Lucas Vega, a student of forensic science. He st
Ta || bookishbluehead
In the sorority murders we follow Lucas Vega, a college student, who tries to solve the murder of another student, that happened three years ago.

This was a really nice and cozy thriller. I liked the idea of Lucas’ podcast, with which he tries to find new evidence and witnesses who might not know that they have witnessed a crime. The mystery behind Candace vanishing and her death was cleverly reconstructed even though it wasn’t a huge surprise who the killer turned out to be.

Lucas was likable bu
Oct 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, chilling story that will have readers turning the pages to solve the case.

A podcast was the catalyst. Senior forensics major Lucas Vegas decided to do the podcast as his Senior Year Capstone project. It was a cold case - the disappearance and murder of Senior student Candace Swain three years in the past. The person of interest in this cold case was a homeless alcoholic man who hadn't been seen since the deceased was found three years ago. Lucas believes the podcast might shake loose
Nov 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Solid Mystery That Could Have Used Better Pacing. Reading through the other Goodreads reviews on this one, a common complaint is the pacing and bloat of this book - and I tend to agree, to a point. There was in fact a lot of going over the same facts of the case, and that probably added a solid 20 pages to the length of this book just in that fact alone. But it wasn't something that I particularly noticed while reading, and indeed while reading I thought this was a truly solid use of an emerging ...more
Jan 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
I’ve been excited for this one for a while and it was worth my hype. I can’t resist a sordid sorority tale and this one wasn’t as much on the Teen/YA side as a lot of them can be. That was a big plus. Things unfold consistently through the book so you’re not sitting there anxious until the last page. It was satisfying and had a good ending.
Krystin Rachel
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Heavy on the investigation, light on thrillers. A pure mystery that gets a bit long-winded.

Full RTC.

⭐⭐⭐½ | 3.5 stars rounded down
Mar 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022-read
3.5 rounded up to 4

This is a great story, It was told so well. On that note, the last 25% was so over-explaining of the story. I like an ending but a lingering thought after a story. The ending ruined this great story. Never over-explain!!
Krissy (books_and_biceps9155)
Im still unsure how to accurately review this one. I did enjoy aspects of it, however there were things about it I did not enjoy as well.

Lets start with the positives first. I love novels that include podcasts/true crime aspects. This one definitely delivered that. It gives you all the podcast behind-the-scenes and also the background and footwork that goes into a podcast. The mystery in the story is also well done. Now, I am not sure if it was because the book is quite long, or there were seve
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Dec 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
THE SORORITY MURDER by Allison Brennan is an interesting mystery/thriller about a popular sonority girl whose murder becomes a cold case and three years later a student on campus launches a podcast to try and uncover the truth. So many boxes are checked with just the basic premise of this story. Brennan does a great job at keeping us informed and engaged throughout the book. There are parts in the first 1/3 that are a little redundant for me - re-explaining and re-stating evidence, times of even ...more
Alyson Kent
Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC.

3.5 rounded down because I felt like the plot went around in circles a lot, but it wasn't so much that it didn't keep my attention.
This one was interesting, the way it was laid out with the podcast, going over events. The way one comment that seemed like a one off lead to another to another, until we had what really went on. By then I was sad for so many of these girls and how they were manipulated. So many bad things didn't have to happen and one thing snowballed into so many others. By the end it was great that there would be closure for many, but still so much needless death. ...more
Mallory (onmalsshelf) Bartel
4.25 stars

I honestly didn’t want to put this one down and finished it just over a day!

I recommend this to those who love true crime podcasts such as Your Own Backyard and The Murder Squad and enjoyed the book Night Swim. It also has some dark academia vibes as the story surrounds a death of a senior nursing student.

How far will sorority sisters go to protect each other when a forensics student starts a true crime podcast hoping to shed new light on a three year old case?

Did some of the personal
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

40 books and numerous short stories later, Allison relocated in 2019 from Northern California to Arizona with her husband and two youngest children.

She currently writes the Lucy Kincaid series and the Quinn & Costa series. Next up is T

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