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Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Olsen’s ability to let readers dive deep into the lives of each and every one of his characters is amazing. In this mystery inspired by the Amanda Knox case, even the supporting cast springs to life as Olsen weaves an increasingly complex story. The vivid, realistic descriptions of criminal justice techniques, and the subplots building within this series, are fascinating.
At a Halloween party in the small town of Port Gamble, British exchange student Olivia Grant is brutally murdered. The primary suspects include the dry-eyed party hostess Brianna and her dim-witted boyfriend Drew. Also suspect is Beth Lee, who recently fought with Olivia. Or is there a serial killer loose in Port Gamble? No one is safe as the police fail to turn up conclusive evidence and the media runs wild. Meanwhile, Hayley and Taylor Ryan begin to poke around the case. Using their own unique skills the twins unearth surprising secrets about their town, their family and the murder. (SPLINTER, Sep., 288 pp., $17.95, ISBN: 9781402789588, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Raven Haller
Published: September 2012