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34 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

4.5 Stars 'Dead Girls Don't Lie' is a captivating and thrilling

4.5 Stars

'Dead Girls Don't Lie' is a captivating and thrilling young adult mystery novel that will have you eagerly turning the pages for more. The story is told by Jaycee, a teenage girl who's best friend, Rachel, has just been murdered. Things like that didn't happe...
4.5 Stars

'Dead Girls Don't Lie' is a captivating and thrilling young adult mystery novel that will have you eagerly turning the pages for more. The story is told by Jaycee, a teenage girl who's best friend, Rachel, has just been murdered. Things like that didn't happen in their small town of Lake Ridge. Although Rachel had been acting strange and they had a falling out a few months before her death, Jaycee is taking her friend's murder incredibly hard. She vows to herself and to Rachel that she'll find out what happened that night. Little does she know that looks can be deceiving, and the worst danger out there might be right in your own town.

I absolutely love thrillers and this novel did not leave me disappointed. The plot was written in a complex way that intertwined several smaller story lines, laced with questions and no answers. It was a complete enigma for me to unravel, unlike most other novels of the genre. Usually I like to figure out what really happened before the characters do, but I was taken completely by surprise with this one. The entire story had me guessing and just when I thought I had a piece of the puzzle in place - the author only shifted gears and proved me wrong. I loved that I couldn't solve the mystery until the end of the book along with the characters - the thrill of the chase and putting the pieces together was one of the things I loved the most about this novel. The characters were well written as well, especially that of Jaycee - our heroine. We get to see the entirety of her character - her strengths, flaws, intelligence, love for her friends, and her overwhelming guilt. Although she's broken and blames herself for not saving Rachel that night, Jaycee promises to find out who killed Rachel and why. The other characters in the novel were rounded as well, even the sideline characters and the memories of Rachel that Jaycee had were detailed. As I mentioned earlier, the writing was exceptional and the book had a naturally urgent pace that kept me eagerly devouring each page in the attempt to figure out what was really going on. There are tons of twists and turns that the reader won't see coming, which I think definitely adds to the appeal of the book. The entirety of the book - descriptions, settings, characters, occurrences - were so well detailed and vivid that I felt like I was right beside Jaycee as it was all happening. Needless to say, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author in the future. Very highly recommended for fans of mysteries and thrillers!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

posted by StephWard on September 19, 2013

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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Best Bits: Jennifer Shaw Wolf is the master of misdirection. I s

Best Bits: Jennifer Shaw Wolf is the master of misdirection. I suspected who the killer was more than once, but I kept second-guessing myself because all of the potential killers are so interesting. No one is grinning menacingly or anything, and each time a character sh...
Best Bits: Jennifer Shaw Wolf is the master of misdirection. I suspected who the killer was more than once, but I kept second-guessing myself because all of the potential killers are so interesting. No one is grinning menacingly or anything, and each time a character shows a dark side, they soon display kindness. Characters who have moments of goodness can't be murderers...right? So, when the killer was finally revealed I had an "OMG WHAAAAT" moment, and then went back and connected the dots. Jaycee weren't speaking when Rachel died, but little things trigger memories and guilt. I appreciated that it was a complicated situation, and that despite what had happened to their friendship, Jaycee was still determined to get some closure for someone who had a big impact on what kind of person she was.

Nit Picks: Much like my experience with another Netgalley read, this one had random letters throughout the book. It meant that I had to guess at what characters were saying, and occasionally what was happening. I can't fault the author's writing for this, but it's really hard to be engaged in a mystery and know exactly what's going on when you can't read all portions of the book. So, it gets calculated into the overall experience. I also would have liked some of the background characters to share a bit more of their histories in the story (assuming that wasn't in some of those sentences that I missed).

posted by acornucopiaoflove on October 28, 2013

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

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    4.5 Stars 'Dead Girls Don't Lie' is a captivating and thrilling

    4.5 Stars

    'Dead Girls Don't Lie' is a captivating and thrilling young adult mystery novel that will have you eagerly turning the pages for more. The story is told by Jaycee, a teenage girl who's best friend, Rachel, has just been murdered. Things like that didn't happen in their small town of Lake Ridge. Although Rachel had been acting strange and they had a falling out a few months before her death, Jaycee is taking her friend's murder incredibly hard. She vows to herself and to Rachel that she'll find out what happened that night. Little does she know that looks can be deceiving, and the worst danger out there might be right in your own town.

    I absolutely love thrillers and this novel did not leave me disappointed. The plot was written in a complex way that intertwined several smaller story lines, laced with questions and no answers. It was a complete enigma for me to unravel, unlike most other novels of the genre. Usually I like to figure out what really happened before the characters do, but I was taken completely by surprise with this one. The entire story had me guessing and just when I thought I had a piece of the puzzle in place - the author only shifted gears and proved me wrong. I loved that I couldn't solve the mystery until the end of the book along with the characters - the thrill of the chase and putting the pieces together was one of the things I loved the most about this novel. The characters were well written as well, especially that of Jaycee - our heroine. We get to see the entirety of her character - her strengths, flaws, intelligence, love for her friends, and her overwhelming guilt. Although she's broken and blames herself for not saving Rachel that night, Jaycee promises to find out who killed Rachel and why. The other characters in the novel were rounded as well, even the sideline characters and the memories of Rachel that Jaycee had were detailed. As I mentioned earlier, the writing was exceptional and the book had a naturally urgent pace that kept me eagerly devouring each page in the attempt to figure out what was really going on. There are tons of twists and turns that the reader won't see coming, which I think definitely adds to the appeal of the book. The entirety of the book - descriptions, settings, characters, occurrences - were so well detailed and vivid that I felt like I was right beside Jaycee as it was all happening. Needless to say, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author in the future. Very highly recommended for fans of mysteries and thrillers!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    34 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Shocked

    The plot is incredible and the ending was a shock. Had I been younger I would give five stars, but I am not so it was weird reading from a teens viee. Great for young adults.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Ruby

    Moans and nods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Bree's review

    Okay, I just finished this book and I have to say that Jaycee was very...naive at times. She went against almost every clue that Rachel left for her and I'm dissapointed in that. During her searches, I felt like it was that part of thr movie where some idiot says "let's split up" and the audience knows thats a bad idea. Jaycee made me feel like that. In all the book was entertaining enough, but it left some questions unanswered such as why did Evan and Skyler fight so much. This book would've most likely ended in fewer pages but I would have liked Eduardo and Jaycee to beoe a couple but it seems him too is hung up on Rachel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Enjoyed it

    Quick read, easy to get into & likeable characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    GReat Great read

    Couldnt put it down Cant wait to read more of her books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Worth the read!

    Great story that kept me interested the whole time!

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