When her investigation reveals the killer is someone she knows, Autumn offers herself up as bait and sets a dangerous trap to unmask his true nature and to obtain a confession for her sister's murder.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Her greatest joy is her 6 ½ (can't forget the ½) daughter who is quite the storyteller and likes to come up with the characters' names for mom's stories.
When she's not writing or studying, you can find her looking after her personal mini-zoo which consists of two fish, one thief of a dog, and one whistling guinea pig.
Susan loves estates sales, traveling, spending time with her family, and discovering new books at the Columbus Metropolitan library.
Susan graduated from the University of Texas, is currently pursuing an MFA from Seton Hill University, and dreams of one day owning a touch screen murder board like the one on her favorite TV show, Castle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pre-analysis based solely on Chapter 1: I am 20 pages in and have already ran into 3 grammatical/editing errors. I hope the entire book is not like this. And I'm also having a hard time connecting with the character, I think maybe the plot jumped the gun, but we'll see. The premise is intriguing so I hope the book gets better. Post-Analysis: There were quite a few more errors with editing as well as a time-line error. I did get used to the characters by about chapter 5 and was really enjoying the story. I do still believe that the plot come on too quickly (page 1 is pretty fast) and I didn't get a chance to get a feel for Autumn or Celeste before we were in to solving the mystery of her death. I also felt that there would be more math and forensics on the part of Autumn. The blurb on the book made it seem like this was how she was going to solve the case. Besides the story making the police department look like idiots, I also can't believe that a 16 year old would be able to do all that she did in this case, and without getting in trouble for interfering. Nor did I believe that the police would not have gone through the steps that Autumn used to solve the case. Another big problem that I had was that the ending felt a bit rushed to me, and I didn't like how it played out, that the characters found out who did it then put together a plot of how to oust the killer. I think it should have been apparent to the reader at the same time rather than making us wait for the plan to be played out. Overall, there were just too many problems for me to really enjoy this book. It was nice easy reading in the middle, and I did enjoy that part, but the bad outweighed it. Maybe 2.5 stars, but I'm rounding down because I just can't give it 3.
There are a few key points to make about this book. First is that it is at times truly depressing. From the summary, I was expecting that Autumn would be upset over her sister’s death and determined to solve the mystery, however I didn’t imagine that the book would start off from the time her sister dies. The beginning is chillingly and devastatingly emotional and you follow Autumn through her grief as well as the mystery. Second, Autumn is smart, strong, and independent. I honestly really liked her character, and the relationships she has with her cousin and her dad. I also greatly enjoyed her friendship with Caedon and how it progressed slowly and naturally. I adored Caedon and was sad to see his part in the climax of the story. Lastly, the writing itself is pretty good. It’s mostly consistent and while I found some of the elements of the mystery factor a little implausible (i.e. cops aren’t that incompetent), it was largely a powerful book about grief and healing written very realistically. I didn’t like the climax at all, because I don’t think Autumn should have handled it herself or in that fashion nor was I particularly surprised. However, I did appreciate the time it took for all the loose ends to come together in the end. If you’re looking for a book about growing up and the bonds of family, and how they’re tested in hard times, this is a very good and emotional read. The mystery is also pretty well written, keeping you on your toes until the end. Don’t miss out!
Ah, teen angst. But add to that the murder of your sister and you have the makings for some great drama. In this debut novel S.X. Bradley fills her world with a roller coaster of emotions. Grief. Love. Self-doubt. Love. Envy. Anger. All wrapped up in a brilliant math wizard who can’t let the murder of her sister become just another case to the police. After it’s known she’s a key suspect, casting doubt of her innocence, even among her family. Autumn trusts few of the remaining people in her life as she questions the police on their methods. Autumn’s drive to puzzle solve, leads her to do her own investigation into her sister’s murder, not only to help her family begin to heal, but to clear herself. In the process, she enlists the help of a favorite cousin, gains the support of her father, and plots to capture the killer. All while falling in love for the first time. Check out the story – a total page turner.
An intriguing who dun it by a debut author. If you love strong female clever characters then this book is for you. It's rich with twists and turns and walks you through some forensics facts and deductions. Autumn is a character I want to read more about.
I received a free copy from the author for an honest review, so here goes... I very much enjoyed this book. It was different than anything I've ever read and I think I may read more mystery type books because I liked it so much. The story was compelling and heart-breakingly sad all at the same time (yes, I made up a word). Autumn was an interesting character and I liked reading from her POV. I liked the supporting characters a lot too. I really liked Eduardo. He was a great friend/cousin to Autumn and I loved his nickname for her, Fall. Caedon was such a sweetheart. It was so sweet how he told Autumn he actually had liked her for awhile just hadn't had the nerve to talk to her. Aww! The twists and turn along the way as Autumn was trying to solve the murder of her sister were enthralling. I was trying to piece it all together myself. I kept changing my mind as new clues were introduced. It was devastating to have the killer revealed and the true nature of their relationship with Celeste. My heart broke for her and the pain she must have been in not not to mention the pain she experienced during her murder. All the pain and anguish the family went through, especially mami, made tears well up in my eyes countless times. That's why I was so thrilled that Autumn was able to finally get justice for her sister. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I have no qualms about recommending it to my friends and even my students. I think they might enjoy it too!