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Killer by Sara Shepard
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did not like it
bookshelves: teen-mystery, young-adult

At this point, the formula that all of the books follow is way too repetitive. If I didn't already own all of the books, this is the point where I would definitely give them up. There is going to be some sort of memory of when the girls were younger and Ali was still alive. The girls will flashback to this a million times throughout the book. New information will only be revealed half of the time. There will be at least one party. Aria's story is going to involve her getting involved with an older guy. In at least one of the girls' parts, a previously established character is going to start acting really weird so that suspense can be maintained during their sections even though nothing is really happening. The last chapters will be super exciting and have a major cliffhanger, so that readers will not mind how boring the rest of the book was.

While this is a problem to some extent in all of the books, this one relies on the girls being stupid to maintain the usual pattern of the books more than any of the rest so far. For A to continue blackmailing the girls, A has become involved in more and more mundane parts of their lives. At some points, A is speculated to be a criminal genius. The only way for this to be an excusable part of the plot is if the point is supposed to be that these girls are just getting paranoid.

These books really rely on the ending, and this one just did not do it for me. The ending was half as much of the book as it usually is, and it just wasn't long enough to generate as much suspense. The only part of this book that I enjoyed in comparison to the rest of the series is that Mike is getting a slightly bigger role, and Mike is one of the only members of the supporting cast that I still really like.
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January 1, 2012 – Finished Reading
June 27, 2012 – Shelved

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