Format: Paperback, 303 pages
Genre: YA Fiction, Mystery
Series: Deadly Cool
My rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he's pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren't enough, now he's depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool.
But as much as Hartley wouldn't mind seeing him squirm, she knows he's innocent, and she's the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school's resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer's next victim.
This was such a fun and entertaining read. Gemma Halliday combines suspense, mystery, humor, and teen angst to produce a great book that's hard to put down. This book had me from the very first page, which sent me into fits of laughter, and it only got better from there!
The main character, Hartley, is hard not to instantly like. The book starts off with her playing the role of detective to find out if the news of her boyfriend's infidelity is true. After she connects the dots she makes an even more startling discovery, which leads to her boyfriend, Josh, being named a prime suspect for a murder. She knows that even though Josh is a cheating douchebag, he's not a killer. Hartley then winds up with the daunting task of trying to prove Josh's innocence, because she seems to be the only one who can. This proves just how good of a person Hartley is and it's one of the things I really liked about her. Even though Josh betrayed her trust, she's still able to overcome her negative feelings towards him because she wants to do the right thing.
Hartley and her investigative team were awesome. Her best friend, Sam, complimented Hartley's character perfectly and she proved to be a great best friend to have. The shenanigans that these two got into was priceless, and their attempt at stealth on several occasions had me cracking up. Chase was a great edition to the story and team as well. He has a very upfront sort of personality that I admire. He's also rocking somewhat of a bad boy vibe that makes it hard for a girl to resist (I know I wouldn't resist!). His ability to fluster Hartley on several occasions was certainly proof of that. I couldn't help but grin when they were around eachother. It'll be interesting to see where things lead next between them, and I'm excited to see more of Chase in the next book.
I had a fun time trying to guess who the killer was throughout this story, because believe me, there are a fair amount of suspects to chose from. I couldn't read fast enough towards the conclusion of the book once the identity and motives of the killer were discovered. I am really excited to see what Hartley will get herself into next in the second book in this series, because I'm definitely hooked!