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Wish You Were Dead (The Thrillogy) Paperback – August 24, 2010
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From the first chapter, Strasser's YA thriller sets us up for more scares than a Halloween haunted house. We cautiously turn the page ahead to the next chapter, readying ourselves for another shock. He makes sure the evil keep popping out at us, giving us fright after fright.
WISH YOU WERE DEAD features a blend of four narrations: an anonymous teen's blog listing the kids she hates, a first person narrative by a nice girl named Madison from a wealthy community, a bit of omniscient narration, and strange ramblings from a possible psychopathic kidnapper. Strasser is able to pull off having this many different narrators through his talent as a writer and the use of font styles to indicate a change in narration.
The main character, Madison, is losing her close friends, one by one, and is receiving strange emails and notes warning her of each impending disaster. To compound matters, she is attracted to the new guy in school, but is unsure whether he is involved in the disappearances or not. When Madison decides to take matters into her own hands, we cringe, knowing no good can come out of a choice like that. The pace is fast and the end is shocking. As I sat curled up in my chair at 1:00 am, wanting to finish it, I was wishing I had started it earlier in the day...it was so dark outside and only a thin screen separated me from the noise on the porch...Read more ›
Has Lucy been kidnapped? Or did she run away after fighting with her boyfriend? Has an anonymous blogger, hater of Lucy, somehow caused her disappearance?
Things get even more stressful in town when another popular high school student disappears, and Madison finds herself closely linked to both victims.
There are some parts of this book that are interesting. The high school characters act in believable ways, and their interrelationships made sense and seemed realistic.
The villain of this story, though, was entirely unrealistic. I found the ending of the book to be disappointing and anticlimactic.
Well, because of the endless chit-chat that was going on. Lucy and Madison are rich and pretty, but while Madison is nice and cares about people Lucy is/does not, that is why an anonymous student blogs that Lucy is making his/her life miserable and wishes her dead. Coincidentally enough, Lucy disappears without a trace.
I wished Strasser had showed why the blogger wanted Lucy dead so I could feel the same way. Because that is the point, no; to make you love or hate the characters so you connect with the story? But that doesn't happen here. I have to take the blogger's word that Lucy is a bee-ach to dislike her.
And then there are the entries of the diary of the person who's done Lucy in. They come out of the blue and just made me like Lucy and feel that what was being done to her was totally wrong. Also this person, who is obviously the killer, comes out of nowhere! Isn't there usually a hint or two for you to take a guess and keep you reading to the end if just to see if you were right?
Wish you were dead is just "the first installment in a new `thrill'-ogy." Really? Who else is Strasser going to kill next? The dumb and ugly?
What I liked: the mystery of the disappearances itself. The blogging; you'll notice how at the beginning the blog had zero comments and eventually it increased. And I also liked the anonymous stalker; he was deep and right down to the point.
What I didn't like: all the blah blah blah. I know a high school is full students but, why mention characters that play no part in the story whatsoever?Read more ›
Callie's story was fast paced, without a single boring moment. We get two different storylines, first Callie while she is hiding, trying to figure out the true killer and then what happened in the past and how Callie became friends with Katherine and how the ended up as enemies.
This story was brilliant. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Collecting clues as to who was the real killer. Also Callie was a great MC. She was resourceful and even though she was terrified that she would end up in jail she still did everything she could to clear her name and find out the truth.
I am glad to say that I had figured out the killer by the middle of this book, however Strasser did a great job surprising me once more. I truly loved everything about this book. Great mystery/thriller.
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This book was gripping from start to finish, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers with very little romance involved.Published 21 days ago by Katie Sokol
I really didn't expect it to end the way it did, but I enjoyed it! I recommend it to everyone.Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
I borrowed this book from the local library on the Kindle for my teen.
He likes spooky movies (but I limit those to certain types - no major gore), and since age 8/9, he's... Read more
Really enjoyed the book, her cunning in hiding and finding the murderer on her own. The end twist was really exciting.Published on April 20, 2014 by Kathleen Glazier
Never read it. Since i got it as a gift for my niece who wanted it so I guess it must be good.Published on February 4, 2014 by IA
This book was interesting from the first page. Then it kind of got slow for a "Thrillogy" and then started to pick up the pace until the ending happened. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by DavidDeF
I really Enjoyed the book. Its a real Thriller that makes you want to read more and not put down the book. The Book is really good for teens.Published on August 26, 2012 by Max