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Kill You Last (The Thrillogy) Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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About the Author
Todd Strasser is the author of popular and diverse middle-grade and YA books, such as the two previous books in his Thrillogy, Wish You Were Dead and Blood on My Hands, Boot Camp, and Give a Boy a Gun. He lives in a suburb of New York City and enjoys surfing in his spare time. Visit him online at www.toddstrasser.com.
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Kill You Last by Todd Strasser
This is a great YA mystery. Shelby's father is a photographer. Three girls who he did business with have been reported as missing and Shelby's father is a person of interest. Shelby begins her own investigation to try to clear her father's name. She gets some help from her best friend Roman and a reporter, Whit, whom she is beginning to trust. Will Shelby find out who the killer is?
This book had good twists and turns. It was a very quick read and kept my interest throughout. Shelby is a good main characters--she has brains and guts. There was also some humor and romance in the book but the action and the mystery were the main plot points. I recommend it.
I love it and it totally fits the subject of this book. Period.
How do I even start this?!
After finishing Blood on My Hands, I immediately started reading this one. I knew I'd love it because I became familiar with the writing style and because I was anticipating the thriller in it :).
The writing style was somehow different which got this book another star (or flower in my case.). The pacing of the story was just right. There were some times when I'd be like "Seriously, now?" but I'd forget about that the instance I read the next sentence, so it wasn't a big deal for me.
In this book, we meet Shelby, a nice and wealthy girl who lives in Soundview and goes to the Soundview High School. Her father is a well known photographer and a modeling agency director and a father that other girls would dream of. Her mom is a housekeeper who's been keeping to herself since Shelby's little brother of 4 months died of Pneumonia.
Then, three girls go missing, and while all the three girls are from different cities other then Soundview, the only thing in common between them is the fact that all three of them were photographed by Shelby's father.
Shelby finds herself in a mess and later in shock while trying to prove her father innocent and at the same time deal with the revealed truths about her family.
At the end, she does reach her goal of revealing the real murderer but it came with a price she had to pay.
What I loved:
The story was heartbreaking and breathtaking. It had suspense, a lot of twists and a horrifying aspect.
Shelby, the main protagonist, was a very believable character. She was thinking exactly like a real teenager put in her situation.
The chapters of course. There are 45 which are not long at all, and in each chapter you start, you find a new twist that you can't but finish it and so on until you find yourself at the end of the book!
There's Spanish in here! I love it when I find other languages in books, they make it more interesting ^_^.
What I disliked:
Shelby is my favorite in the three books by far. She was normal and brave at the same time, and when you read the ending you'll find that she's especially brave and very responsible.
Mr. Sloan, who's Shelby's father, needs more than one therapist, seriously. But, to be fair, I admired him being honest to her, even if it was at the end, and how he loved her.
Mrs. Sloan needs a therapist too. I figured that at the beginning of the book, but the reason she needed the different for turned out to be totally different from what I had in mind for her.
Roman is Shelby's best friend and let me tell you something, I wish I had a friend like her!
Whit is a journalist who gradually becomes Shelby's friend as they discover the truths behind the disappearances together.
Other characters worth mentioning are: Gabriel, the good looking guy who works for her dad, he has plenty of secrets ;). Janet is another worker in her father's modeling agency, she has secrets too. Mercedes is a worker too, but she's too nice and kind. Oh, and Chief of police Jenkins is here too! :D (If you don't now who he is, then read Blood on My Hands first :)).
This was a great book. The best out of the three ones in the thrill-ogy. This one deserves 5 flowers.
Would I recommend the thrill-ogy?
If you like thrill, mystery, suspense and twists brought to you in a unique style each time then, definitely, you won't regret reading it at all.
Kill You Last is the story of Shelby and how her family, and more specifically her father, ends up the murder suspect of young aspiring models. Pretty young teens are going missing in her town and Shelby's father is their only connection. Now that he is a murder suspect more terrifying secrets are finding their way to the surface about him. Shelby needs to figure out who the true killer is in order to clear her father's name even if it means breaking apart her whole family in the process.
Another insanely good story by Todd Strasser. I really enjoyed how he weaved the web of this one with closely kept family secrets. Shelby was always chasing after a lead (usually a red herring). I loved how even though she learned all those horrible things about her father she never stopped wanted to learn who the true killer was, even if it was someone she loved.
All of Todd Strasser's stories were great so far. They have an Agatha Christie vibe to them that I really appreciate. I am just sad there aren't more books to his Thrillogy.