Killer Cruise

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Pool 1, Caribbean Deck
Met hot crewmember while soaking up the sun!

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Overview

Onboard facilities

Pool 1, Caribbean Deck
Met hot crewmember while soaking up the sun!

The Santorini Restaurant, Olympia Deck
Heard about last year's mysterious disappearance on board. What could have happened?

Movie Theater, Fiesta Deck
Still can't stand horror flicks. Too scary.

Paris Boutique, Panama Deck
Then again, so was my near-death fall overboard last night . . .

Glamorama Spa, Bermuda Deck
Must relax. No one's trying to kill me—I'm just being paranoid.

Club Paradise, Diablo Deck
But what if someone does want me dead?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061468742
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 910,445
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Shaw is the oldest of four sisters and now lives in a much-too-small studio apartment in New York City with her dog, Delilah; cat, Miss Thing; husband, Julian; and her Archie comic collection.

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Killer Cruise

Chapter One

Cute guys are my weakness.

I'll be the first to admit it.

As soon as I see one, I instantly go into flirt mode.

Today was no exception.

I was lying on a blue-and-white-striped chaise lounge, wearing the most adorable red-and-white polka-dot bikini. I knew I looked good and I could see guys staring at me from behind their mirrored sunglasses. It was hard not to notice. Some of them even lowered their sunglasses to get a better look.

If I were at the beach, I would just gather up my things and go home. Escape the temp-tation-that's what my boyfriend, Finn, would have wanted me to do.

But I was on a cruise ship, and everywhere you looked there were cute guys. There was no escape!

So how could I not flirt?

For me, flirting is like breathing. It's just something I do.

I've never wondered why I like to flirt. It's part of being me, I guess. I want people to like me. I want them to see me-Ashley Bishop-and I don't think many people do. My father, unfortunately, is one of those people. It's hard being the daughter of a workaholic. But don't get me wrong-I know my father loves me. He just works really long hours overseeing his company, BPE-Bishop Pharmaceutical Enterprises-so he can give me, my mother, and my older half sister, Charlotte, everything we could possibly want.

This cruise is the perfect example.

My sixteenth birthday is at the end of the week. Instead of just throwing a birthday party, I asked my father if I could do something different. After all, sixteen is a major birthday. I didn't want something gross andover-the-top like those spoiled brats usually do on that MTV show My Super Sweet 16. I asked Daddy if I could take a cruise to the Bahamas and invite some of my closest friends.

He said yes.

Originally my parents were going to chaperone us, but then Daddy had to fly to Europe on business and my mother had her own job crisis going on. Because of previous commitments, none of the other parents were able to take their place, but luckily Daddy was good friends with the captain of the ship, who promised to have his staff keep an eye on us.

Anyway, as soon as Daddy gave me the green light, I got on the phone with my two best friends, Simone Greer and Kristine Fisher, and told them to start packing their bags. I knew from the start that my guest list would also have to include Tabitha Varvatos. Tabitha and I aren't exactly best friends, even though we've known each other since kindergarten, but our mothers are. I guess they've always hoped we'd be as close as they are, but we're not. Tabitha and I compete with each other for everything-grades, guys, clothes, and popularity. The list goes on and on. I guess you could call us frenemies. I hadn't wanted to invite Tabby-she hates it when I call her that, but the nickname so fits. She's exactly like a cat-sly and sneaky! But, as predicted, my mother insisted that I give sneaky Tabby a birthday cruise invite.

Of course, Charlotte was on my guest list too, and her boyfriend, Sam. They're both going to be seniors next month. I couldn't exactly celebrate my birthday without my half sister, and I was determined to make her have some fun. There's more to life than just studying for your SATs.

I also invited Finn O'Brien, my boyfriend. Finn is the guy that every girl at my high school wishes she could go out with. He's tall, blond, and blue-eyed, with a killer smile and two of the most adorable dimples you've ever seen. He plays tennis and rugby and volleyball and has that All-American look that you see in Abercrombie & Fitch ads. He's definitely a hottie. We've been going out since January. On the first day of class after our Christmas break, he asked if he could walk me home. I go to school in New York City on the Upper East Side, and I live only a few blocks from there. Anyway, instead of answering, I slowly squeezed his bicep and then started walking down the hallway and looking over my shoulder to make sure he was following. He was. Sometimes it's not what you say but what you do.

Finn's different from the other guys I've dated. For one thing, he's going to be a senior. Because he's older than me, he thinks he knows more than I do, which is totally annoying. He also likes being in charge-well, what guy doesn't?-and whenever we go out, he makes all the plans.

At first I didn't mind. After all, the guy usually does all the planning when you first start dating. Then, once you get to know each other-once you're a couple-you kind of take turns.

Not Finn.

He still calls all the shots.

Lately that's been bugging me too. I mean, Finn is really fun, but things haven't been perfect between us for a while.

"You're frowning," Simone said, breaking into my thoughts. "No frowning! We're on a cruise!"

I turned to where Simone was lying on a blue-and-white-striped chaise lounge of her own, applying coconut oil to her glistening brown skin, being careful not to get any on her tiny white bikini. It takes Simone, who's Hispanic, only one day to get a great tan. I wish I could tan the way she does, but I can't. I'm a redhead, with super-fair skin, so I have to be careful in the sun. That means sunblock, not suntan oil. The only way I'm able to get a great tan is if I go for a spray-on.

"Where did Finn disappear to?" Simone asked, capping the bottle of coconut oil.

"She's not thinking about Finn," Kristine said from the other chaise lounge, sitting up and pushing her huge sunglasses on top of her blond head. "She's been too busy staring at Smoothie Guy."

Killer Cruise. Copyright (c) by Jennifer Shaw . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    LOVED IT

    omg this book was amazing. it was very mysterious and i just loved it. i dont think it is at all predictable, it was amazing. i wish i could find more books like this besides sleepless (which was also very good) i loved every part of this book and i would definitely recommend as something to kick back and relax with. if you like mysteries then i also recommend the 39 clues, death by bikini, sleepless, and evermore. also, the main characters in killer cruise and hottie are kind of similar. for more books you might enjoy, check out my b&n.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Cherry167

    ** Spolier Alert **
    I cant believe it was charolette all along just because she's jealous of here.
    And i knew molly was going to kill ashley because first of all some parts she dosent like her.
    But Im glad that ashley and logan are together.
    Molly & Charolette are sickooes
    It was easy to tell molly had a thing going on w/ logan even though she kindy was weird in the book .
    But i loved the book so much i want a part 2 or other books like this one , loved it , my rateing from #'s 1-10 is a 10.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Nice

    I liked the book. *SPOILER ALERT* I figured out it was Molly until she ended up dead then in the end I knew she killed Taylor. The book was good, but some parts were predictable. The ending was ohkay I mean "Tabby" gets her own tv show? Really...anyways recommend the book. I give it an eight. Thanks for reading. -MVM(:

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    This book is a great read!!!

    This book was a good mystery. I'm glad that Logan and Ashley stayed togeter. The only thing is that it was obvious that Charrllte tryed to kill Ashley. It was a shocker that Molly also tried to kill Ashley but it was obvious that she really liked Logan .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Love

    I loved this book. I didnt expect her to do this to her. I expected one of them bit the other really caught me by suprose. I didnt think she would do that. And why are people spoling the book for other people. Let them find it out for themselves. Now people wont even wqnt to buy the book now! Why!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Not Bad

    It's an okay book. A bit ditsy at times. Turns out killer is not exactly who you thought it would be so that's a plus. But then again, I did know who it was about halfway through so to me it was a bit of a letdown. It's a nice easy read if you're looking for something to relax with and not get intense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Luv it!!!

    I give this book 2 thumbs up If you want to be surprised by the book, DON'T READ THIS! But I knew that Charlotte was the bad guy from the beggining!! It was a really good book that kept you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end! I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

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    Love this book

    I know the title might keep you from reading the book, bit don't let that stop you it is so exciting and at the same tyme a mystery so you just have to keep readin. If you like love stories then you will also like this book. Just give it a chance and see what you think.

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

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    Mysterious...

    For her sweet sixteen party, Ashley's father sent her and a group of friends on cruise in the Bahammas. On the first day she realizes that she's not happy with her boyfriend (especially with so many other cute boys on board). They break up, leaving her free to flirt with Logan, who works on the ship. Ashley's having a great time except for the fact that someone's out to get even with her. At first, she thinks she's just being paranoid because of the missing girl from last year's cruise she just heard about, but then she faces the facts. A loosened balcony rail, a message in lipstick on her mirror, her dress torn to shreds, and a boulder almost crushing her leads her imagination running wild. She's so focused on her "accidents" that it barely leaves her time for fun with her girlfriends. Could her life really be in danger?<BR/><BR/>I waited for this book to come out and I'm excited to read more of her work. I really like mysteries and I'm happy that a bunch of teen mysteries are appearing. This book was good, except that I was 90% sure of the ending about halfway through the book. I wish that the ending of the book had played more into the suspect list, which was short. Romance and suspense make for a fast and fun read.<BR/><BR/>~ yabooknerd at http://yabooknerd.blogspot.com/

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Ashley Bishop is going to have the best Sweet Sixteen birthday party. She's asked to forgo the traditional celebration in lieu of a birthday cruise. And her father has agreed to the idea. So Ashley and her boyfriend, half-sister, and four others are off on a cruise to the Bahamas. <BR/><BR/>Ashley's half-sister, Charlotte, moved in with Ashley's family not too long ago. Charlotte had been living with her mother on the west coast. But after her mother is killed in an accident, their mutual father brings Charlotte to New York to live with them. Ashley is determined to make her feel part of the family. She is excited to have a sister that she can share everything with. The only problem is Charlotte doesn't know the meaning of fun and she's very reserved. She only wants to spend time with her boyfriend, Sam, and obsessing about getting a scholarship to a good university. <BR/><BR/>On the first day of the cruise, Ashley meets a waiter, Logan Gallo. They immediately click, and agree to meet up at the dance club that night. One small problem, though - Ashley's boyfriend, Finn, is along on the cruise. However, after Finn scares her in the hallway, it's the final straw. Ashley has been trying to break it off for weeks with Finn but could never go through with it. But the fright gives her the courage to break up with him. He threatens that she'll be sorry. After all, Ashley and Finn are two of the most popular kids at their high school, and Finn has never been the dumpee before. But Ashley is relieved she's finally done it, and vows to enjoy her cruise. <BR/><BR/>But too many strange coincidences start to happen... After the scare from Finn, the railing on her balcony breaks off and plunges into the water. Only by quick action on her part does she keep herself from following the railing. It doesn't help when her friends tell her at dinner that the previous summer a girl around the same age went missing and was never found. Rumors are that Taylor fell overboard. <BR/><BR/>In the course of the week-long cruise, too many close calls happen to Ashley that it's getting a bit too uncomfortable for her. Except for her friends and her budding relationship with Logan, she is starting to get quite antsy. At one time or another, she suspects almost everyone at trying to harm her. <BR/><BR/>To find out what happens to Ashley and how she makes out, you'll just have to pick up your own copy of KILLER CRUISE. The story is a quite heart pounding page-turner. I stayed up till after midnight to finish the book. I had to find out who was behind everything. It wasn't who I expected! <BR/><BR/>I enjoyed KILLER CRUISE a lot and hope that Ms. Shaw writes more books in the future. I know I'll be in line to read them if she does!

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