Genre: Thriller

Monday, June 01, 2015

Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

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I received this book for free from Henry Holt and Co. in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Blood Will Tell by April HenryBlood Will Tell by April Henry
Series: Point Last Seen #2
Published by Macmillan Children's Books on June 16th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Source: Henry Holt and Co.
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When a woman’s body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward kid who lives only a hundred feet away, a teen who collects knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and obsessively doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of Portland’s Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence. How is this even possible? And can Alexis and Ruby find a way to help clear Nick's name before it's too late?

April Henry weaves another page-turning, high stakes mystery in Book 2 of the Point Last Seen series.

I love a good mystery, and I did enjoy the first book in this series. I guess it’s not really a series as much as companion novels, but whatever. This was actually a really cool one since you actually know rather quickly who the killer is, but all evidence points to the wrong person. So instead of trying to figure out who did it, you are trying to find out how it all points to someone who is innocent. Much like the first book, this is told in numerous POV’s, which took me a bit away from the story, but it also gives you a full picture of what is going on. I have to say, I had no clue how in the world the evidence could be possible until it is actually revealed, so win for that. It was also a short book, so I was able to read it all in one sitting and that made it easy to enjoy.

The main character in this one is Nick. If you have read the first book, then you know that he volunteers for Search and Rescue and has a big heart. Not to mention, he wants to save people. So how could anyone think he could just murder someone right? Well, that’s exactly what happens. He has no clue how or why, but he is the sole suspect in the case, and as far as evidence goes, they have solid proof. He is a smart kid, and has great friends though, and they are all determined to prove his innocence. Except, add a huge bombshell of a secret to things, and it starts to slowly break him down. I really like him, and it sucked to see him going through all of it.

If you are a mystery/thriller fan like me, I think that you will find this enjoyable. I liked that everything fit together and made sense, even if I was too dumb to catch on until it was being waved in front of me. I’m normally so good at mysteries too. The many different POV’s weren’t really my thing, but it made sense to the story, so I tried to ignore my irritation when it switched from chapter to chapter. Overall this was a good book that was fast to read and kept me wanting to know how it would all turn out. I am not sure if the author is writing more of the Point Last Seen Series books, but I will definitely read them if she does.


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