Cover Me: The only part about the cover I really feel is the hair. I love hair. I love pink hair even more. I’m not sure which private school has the naughty school girl Halloween costume as their uniform, but this girl wears it well. And maybe that’s what sells books. For me, it did not. It was the promotional low price offered by the publisher. If you go now, you might get the steal of a deal price.
Concept: Kate’s best friend Grace died a year ago in a fire that was ruled an accident. When Kate receives an email from her dead friend, her suspicions it was something more sinister are revived. Kate is determined to find out who killed her best friend. It’s a great concept. Sucks you right in from the moment you realize how wrecked Kate is after Grace’s death.
The Peeps: Kate is good main character to follow along. I like her mix of obsessed detective and broken person. She’s racked with guilt for not saving her friend and wants to believe her friend is still somewhere to be saved. Side characters include: Seth–the next door friend who’s in love with her, Liam–the mysterious love interest she’s not sure she can trust, and Maddie–the friend she lost when Grace died. They each do a nice job of moving the story forward and uncovering another layer about Kate.
The Ending (spoiler alert!): Kate finds an underground secret society is responsible for her best friend’s death and their continuing power keeps it ruled an accident. This also means Grace is really dead. I hoped for Kate that somehow Grace was still alive, but it was nice to see it didn’t happen. That would’ve made me hate it because I like the fact bad things happen. People hurt. And good doesn’t always deserve a happy ending.
The Roecker sisters do a nice job of building suspense in this mystery. The middle sagged for me a little bit and I got a little bored going back and forth with trusting Liam or not. I also don’t think the story went along with the tag line under the title of “You’re only as good as your last lie.” Kate doesn’t make a living out of lying. She uses it more to continue the investigation. That all being said, I liked this book. It kept my interest and the end made sense. It gave a nice example of showing a sympathetic main character, building suspense, and keeping the intensity up.
What I’ve Cooked Up: A common visual written are the pearls Kate inherited when Grace died. It’s a little creepy because now that I think about it, I think Grace wore them the last night she was alive and some how Kate gets them. Anywho, Kate wears them all the time. This is my cupcake likeness to our main character, Kate.