Author: Sheryl Scarborough
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published Date: February 7th 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Page Count: 320
My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.
Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.
"I wish I could wave a magic wand and make you understand that none of the past has anything to do with who you are."
Erin is one of those characters that while you love how into things they are, you also worry about them having gone way to far and jeopardizing everything.
The friendships in this book were nice, but of course they had to get messed up somehow which really annoyed me. Just once I would like a mystery book where they all didn't get mad at each other in the middle, just to come together as a team at the end. Erin's best friends really did help her out and multiple times risked their own lives just to help her with some new scheme she had going on.
As for Erin trying to solve her own mothers murder. I don't blame her and would have been trying to do the same. Sure it was a potentially dangerous thing, but she was right when she said that the person could still come after her at anytime since the town had just given up it appeared on finding the killer.
Overall I did enjoy this story and the friendships that Erin had. I was able to figure out who did it about halfway through the book sadly (It was fairly obvious as time went on). But I found the adults in Erin's life while way over protective at times to be fairly normal when it comes to dealing with such a tragedy and dealing with teenagers as well. For the love interest in this book, I didn't really mind it, but I also thought it was a little unnecessary considering certain things and who they both were.
If you like a quick murder mystery than I think you will like this book.