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Dead Girls Don't Lie

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by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. Before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel's text is the first


Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. Before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel's text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel's death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.

Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

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“Wolf has constructed a harrowing suspense story that . . . will keep readers enthralled to the very end. Written in the same gripping style as the books of the ever-popular Lois Duncan, this is for teens looking for a good mystery.” —Booklist

“A mystery, a tragedy, a love story--Jennifer Shaw Wolf draws you in and keeps you guessing until the very last page.” —Holly Cupala, author of Tell Me a Secret and Don't Breathe a Word

“A captivating novel. A must read.” —New York Journal of Books

“Any reader that enjoys coming-of-age tales or mysteries will quickly read this page-turner.” —Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Jaycee’s best friend Rachel is dead, from what local police are calling a gang-related shooting. But Jaycee is keeping a secret from the police and her strict Christian father. On her phone is Rachel’s last text, a cry for help that Jaycee ignored because she and Rachel had grown apart after they endured a fright in an abandoned house, and Rachel began to change. Then a friend of Rachel’s gives Jaycee a cryptic message from Rachel, and Jaycee is convinced that Rachel wanted her to find out what really happened the night in the abandoned house. But investigating means going behind her dad’s back, meeting with people she does not know, and wondering who can be trusted with the information she is discovering. At the same time, she is experiencing her first romance with Skyler Cross, whose brothers include both the local sheriff and her high school’s football star, and she worries that they might know something about Rachel’s death. Confused and frightened, Jaycee slowly puts together all the clues and comes to a devastating conclusion. But will she live to reveal what she knows? Teens will easily relate to Jaycee’s insecurities, while applauding her devotion to Rachel and her determination to find the truth. Wolf has fashioned a thrilling story with believable characters and just the right combination of romance, murder and teenage angst. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Rachel and Jaycee are inseparable until Rachel starts changing everything from her look to hanging out with a suspicious crowd, and churchgoing good girl Jaycee is quickly pushed out. They haven't spoken in nearly a year, so Jaycee ignores the frantic text she gets one night from Rachel, instructing Jaycee to meet her, and instead focuses on the kiss she's sharing with handsome but awkward Skyler Cross. That same night Rachel is found dead, and what unfolds in this follow-up to Breaking Beautiful (Walker, 2012) is a fast-paced and complex mystery that brings up questions of race and the sometimes obsessive and dangerous nature of first love. Jaycee is left with only a series of clues in the form of encrypted texts and hidden messages to help her unravel the story of Rachel's murder. Skyler offers his help, while his brothers seem interested in stopping her from digging deeper. Local cops chalk the crime up to the presence of several ex-gang members in the small town, but Jaycee soon realizes that even the police have something to hide. Despite increasing threats to her safety, Jaycee is determined to pursue the investigation. The book is written in simple language that will appeal to a variety of readers, from devotees of Sara Shepard's "Pretty Little Liars" books (HarperCollins) to those with a penchant for more serious titles, such as Lauren Myracle's Shine (Abrams, 2011). The steady pacing and exciting conclusion make this one hard to put down.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
But can dead girls help solve their own murders? Rachel and Jaycee used to be best friends until Latina Rachel started hanging out with an emerging gang population in their small town. After Rachel is shot in her home and the police write off her death as a gang-related accident, it's up to Jaycee to track down her friend's killer. In this satisfying mystery, Jaycee has plenty of offers for help: There's new boyfriend Skyler, Skyler's older brother (and high school cad), law enforcement, an ex-gang member and, most prominently, a variety of messages Rachel, realizing her death could be imminent, hid before her murder. As Jaycee uncovers her small town's biggest secrets, she never knows whom she can fully trust, especially when her own life is in jeopardy. She must also reckon with her developing, personal moral code when her religious single father sets strict limits that impede her investigation and blossoming first love with Skyler. While the story covers such mature issues as murder, mental illness and racism, it refrains from edgy language and sex (only a few steamy kisses take place). Although the action waxes and wanes, the story's greatest strength is in keeping readers guessing the killer's real identity until the final scenes. (Mystery. 14 & up)

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Jennifer Shaw Wolf is the author of Breaking Beautiful and Dead Girls Don't Lie. Her hobbies include reading, video production, skiing, and running. She grew up in a tiny town in Idaho and currently lives amid the peaceful forests of western Washington with her family. www.jennifershawwolf.com

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Dead Girls Don't Lie 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
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.
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very suspenseful and excellent story! Wow! The element of who did it had me thinking I knew who did it for the whole read! I love it when I can't figure out who the killer is, that makes the read so much more exciting! This book was excellent and the ending was stellar! I loved the plot and characters and not knowing who to trust! This book was so well written I felt like I was there with Jaycee! Excellently written! Great book! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book and the characters. I finished it in under 5 hours because I could not put it down! Cannot wait to see more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book,just read sample and already hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book so far cant wait untill more comes out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the mystery in the book and the twist and turn of the murder. The book is one of the gretest i read from this author this book is awesome.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot line made the story a very good mystery. The one objection is that the main character is made out to be an indecisive, vacillating, and self-flagellating person who cannot cease "digging her own grave" due to her penchant for meddling in matters over her head. All in all, DEAD GIRLS...... is a book worth reading. -------Leonard
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book is by far one of my favorite books i've read. I loved i I LOVED THIS BOOK!!<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for those who like a little mystery in their books, It keeps you wondering who did it and why also it has like-able characters. the story is told by the point of view of Jaycee a teen who's best friend had just been killed in their small town called lake ridge. Jaycee makes it her job to find out about her friend's death and little did she know a wolf in sheep's clothing is among her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing and wonderfull i am now thinking of buying the book it would be the best decition ever in the history of ever best book ever Love this book the
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I never wanted it to end. It is one of those books that just caches your attention since the first page, and with a huge twist in the end. I keep thinking about Rachel and Skyler and thier relationship. One of the best books I have ever read, definitely a must  have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of.the best books.i have ever read.i could not put the bool down it had me at the edge of my seat the entire time if you like romance, mystery, and death then this the nook.for you trust ,me you wont regret reading this book.
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This book I could not put down. It is so captivating. She is a great author. The details and everything were perfect i will never forget this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never mind....I'm not gonna kill you. I'm gonna kill Josh.