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This Book Kills: the bestselling new YA thriller of 2023

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Wrapped up in a gripping murder mystery is a novel about wealth and the sense of entitlement that comes with it,. With the murder of one of the students, mysterious texts and pranks from a secret society, Jess also has to deal with being a scholarship student and meeting the expectation at Heybuckle School. The structure of the narration was extremely interesting and I loved the writing style and Jess’ voice as a narrator, it made the reading experience smooth and quick.

The writing in this one is absolutely incredible, the plot was easy to follow, the murderer is easy enough to guess but not too easy that it ruins the fun, the characters were well developed and relatable and overall this book is a really great read. I was super intrigued by the concept of This Book Kills, mainly because I'm a huge fan of thrillers and this sounded so interesting. With time running out, Jess knows if she doesn't solve this mystery, she'll finally have something in common with Hugh Henry.I can’t remember the last time I was so immersed in a book, that I spent a full all-nighter finishing it, gasped at every hint and literally jumped (all the while dropping the book in excitement) when I correctly guessed who’d done it! I was really into this story initially, I found the writing of the first few chapters extremely engaging and I was intrigued. Growing up she always read the last page of books first, but discovering Agatha Christie in her early teens stopped that habit, igniting a love of twisty murder-mysteries with jaw-dropping endings the reader never saw coming.

At once fun, twisty and insightful, This Book Kills is a gripping murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I really liked Jess, who grows in bravery through the book, and takes to 'detecting' and the usual clues/rounding up/guessing like a duck to water.

Though I had no clue who the murderer was for the first half of the book, I think it became more obvious in the latter half due to the deliberate framing of certain dialogue and actions. There are some mystery books that are written as if the author is trying so hard to leave the reveal until the very end, purposely adding too many red herrings, or clues that barely make sense.

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