The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (4 out of 5)

The third book by Kara Thomas was a pleasant surprise in the mail a few weeks back. Obviously, this is an advance sent to me by the publishing folks at Delacorte Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. This young adult thriller isn’t out until July 31, 2018, so put it on the ever growing list of July titles. Don’t miss out on Kara’s previous titles, Little Monsters and The Darkest Corners. Those are reviewed on my blog, if you are curious.

Sunnybrook is an idyllic name for a town that’s feeling and looking nothing like that. Five cheerleaders are dead. Two crash into a tree on a rainy night. Two others are having a stay over and are murdered by a creepy loner who lived next door with his elderly mom. Jennifer, Monica’s sister, kills herself. The high school dismantles the squad, out of grief and disbelief. Five long years have gone by, and Monica hasn’t forgotten her sister or the other girls who died. She finds threatening letters and her sister’s old cell phone in her stepfather’s desk. Did I mention Tom, the stepfather, is a police officer who was on the scene of all of these deaths? Monica absconds with the phone and after going through the call list, sees that her sister spoke with one last person for 17 minutes before she died. She starts texting the mystery person, who tells her not to trust anyone. Now shit is really starting to freak her out. With help from Ginny, a friend, she begins to delve deeper into the deaths, meeting locked doors at every turn. People in Sunnybrook definitely know more then they are saying. Monica needs to watch herself real good the closer she gets. If you have read Thomas’ other books, you know why I am saying this. Thomas knows how to set the dial to sinister and effectively wrap it up at the end. If your teen digs the darker side of human nature and wants a compelling whodunit, Kara Thomas is the author to start them on.

~ by generationgbooks on June 13, 2018.

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