Sep 23, 2013
Title: Dead Girls Don’t Lie
Author: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: September 2013
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
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.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets
Dead Girls Don’t Lie is a difficult book to rate. I had received a copy via NetGalley, and there were so many formatting errors it became almost indecipherable. That being said I’m trying not to include that in my review because it deserves an honest review.
I liked Jaycee, she was definitely a good girl, but she was willing to help people even if it meant they didn’t necessarily deserve it. I think that’s what set Jaycee apart in this book is that she wasn’t part of anything bad. It was refreshing because in similar books the main character couldn’t remember or was so callous they had no idea what they did affected someone else.
I’m not a huge fan of the religious aspect of books, because many times I feel like it’s trying to be shoved down my throat. However, in this book it was very tastefully done. I liked the dynamic of Jaycee’s morality then contrasted with how uncharitable some of the church women were about Rachel. In this novel it was incredibly well done, and I actually enjoyed how it had shaped Jaycee and her helping nature to others.
Rachel was interesting because for most of the book she seems like a girl who ended up making bad choices and it ended up hurting her. Except as you learn she was really just a girl trying to protect her best friend. The videos with her explaining everything was absolutely heartbreaking to me. I also really liked Eduardo. For most of the book he seemed a little shady, but he really came through in the end.
Jennifer Wolf Shaw did a fantastic job of creating the mood of the book. It was suspenseful throughout, and completely held my attention from beginning to end. I suspected everyone at one point in the novel, and was surprised at the end.
Dead Girls Don’t Lie really threw me for a loop. The person who it ended up being the culprit was literally the LAST person I expected. It was a great surprise, and the plot was very intricate. I enjoyed how well thought out every aspect was. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It may have even been a 5 out of 5 stars, but because of the formatting errors I just couldn’t get into Dead Girls Don’t Lie like I want when I give a book 5 out of 5. I would recommend this book though, because the formatting errors will not be present in a purchased copy.
4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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