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Kill You Last by Todd Strasser
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Feb 26, 2012

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bookshelves: children-s, middle-grade, mystery
Read in February, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Shelby's photographer dad falls under suspicion when two girls who had head shots done at his photography studio go missing. Shelby must deal with a scummy dad, a distant mom, and threatening emails that tell Shelby the sender likes her, so if the sender has to kill her, Shelby will be last. She doesn't know who to trust--journalism student Whit, her best friend Roman, her dad's hot assistant Gabriel. The plot is fine--lots of red herrings and a few clues along the way, but the characters didn't pull me in all that strongly. I liked Shelby and wanted her to catch the killer, but I wasn't really all that invested. I like plot-driven novels more than charcter-driven ones, and this is the rare case where I say, It would have been so much better with more in-depth characterization. Still a good light mystery read, though.
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