Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. They steal from each other's homes, sharing their keys and alarm codes. But they don't take anything that can't be replaced by some retail therapy, so it's okay. It's thrilling. It's bad. And for Harper, it's payback for something she can't put into words-something to help her deal with her alcoholic mother, her delusional father, and to forget the lies she told that got her druggie brother arrested. It's not like Daniel wasn't rehab bound anyway.
So everything is okay-until the bold but aggravating Alex, looking to up the ante, suggests they break into the home of a classmate. It's crossing a line, but Harper no longer cares. She's proud of it. Until one of the group turns up dead, and Harper comes face-to-face with the moral dilemma that will make or break her-and, if she makes the wrong choice, will get her killed.
|Publisher:||Poisoned Pen Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Kelly Garrett is a writer and amateur dog walker based in Portland, Oregon. The Last To Die is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Don't be fooled by the cover, this is no cozy mystery! These teens are realistically complicated and nuanced, and the author does a fantastic job making the "unlikable" lead character Harper into someone you can root both for and against. (She's given to acerbic outbursts but will do literally anything for her younger sister -- that's a character I care about.) Each of the teens had a fully realized personality and complicated home life. Throw murder, addiction, and breaking & entering into the mix, and you've got a compelling dark mystery that never crosses the line into too dark.