- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Morris Publishing (2009)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006WAJB2A
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,738,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On her thirteenth birthday she was able to have a party with her girlfriends and, for the first time ever, boys. It was a great time and a picture of the thirteen of them, one girl wasn't allowed to bring a boy, was taken. Each person received a copy.
Life goes on--some of the friends move away, some marry and some stay in the little town they grew up in. Jennifer's parents decide to sell the summer get-away places, built a smaller house on their land for Jennifer's younger sister and gave the big house to Jennifer. Since Jennifer's boyfriend during high school left after his parent's were murdered, Jennifer never dated anyone else. She lived alone in the big house and only rarely ventured to town. While there, she would spend time with the three other girls who never moved away.
On her thirtieth birthday a picture arrives in the mail. It is a copy of the picture taken back when she was 13. Then more copies arrive, each one having a different person's face X-ed out. These people are then found murdered.
Not to be a spoiler, the story continues until most of the friends have been killed. Who is doing this? Is it one of the surviving members in the picture, or possibly someone who is jealous of Jennifer and her friends?
The story kept my interest, however some of the plot was played over and over. I had to skip places that I was sure I had already read. In spite of that, I'd recommend this to anyone who likes suspense or mystery novels.
I'll read more from this author.
The main character, Jennifer, and the town she comes from seem a little unreal. I am from a small town and even in the most peaceful towns there is always more conflict than the author portrays. However, that being said, it was mostly a believable story. I can picture these things happening to a group of people. My only real criticism for the storyline is the ending. While the twist was a wonderful surprise, it was very abrupt. I feel as though we spent so much time on so many things, when the end came, there was no follow through. Where is Heather. Where did the other girls go, why didn't they answer the phone. And how did her parents know nothing about this?
As far as the writing, it was descriptive enough, easy to read, but I felt at time it was very personal and others very detached. Almost as from two story tellers point of view.
I do recommend to any reader.
Then there are the bad guy and Molly POV scenes. Deleting all of them could only improve the book.
Next there are too many obvious failures on the investigation. Real police would be examining every picture and envelope for evidence.
Then there's the whole 13th bday thing. It had no relevance to the killer's motivation and how would the killer even know it existed? Something from the yearbook would make more sense with it missing.
So my overall reaction is.... BLAH!
A good clean mystery.
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