Series: Prep School Confidential, #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Anne Dowling becomes entangled in a web of secrets involving a missing student and a conspiracy at Wheatley Prep in this fast-paced, juicy follow-up to Prep School Confidential.
Anne Dowling—a fresh, original, and funny new YA heroine whose knowing, irreverent voice will remind readers of Pretty Little Liars and Private—is back for her second semester at Wheatley Prep. Although things have settled (somewhat) since her roommate Isabella’s death, Anne's still kind of obsessed with the disappearance of Wheatley student Matthew Weaver thirty years ago, since she found a picture of him and his crewmates with the words “they killed him” scrawled on the back among Isabella’s things.
When Anne learns that her boyfriend Brent’s dad is one of the now-powerful Wheatley alumni who rowed crew with Matthew, and that the crew team continues to induct new members with a creepy-sounding ritual called “The Drop,” she knows further investigation could put her relationship with Brent in danger. Determined to discover the truth, she reaches out to Anthony, Isabella’s townie brother, who helps her delve deeper into the secrets in Wheatley’s past. Secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. As the school’s Spring Formal—and its notorious afterparty—approaches, Anne sees the perfect opportunity to do some off-campus digging into the lives of Wheatley’s VIPs in this thrilling, unputdownable read—but if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next student who never comes back.
I’ve always been quick to recommend Prep School Confidential when someone is in a reading slump or just wondering what they should read next. There’s nothing to not love about a bold and witty main character, with sweet romance and murder mystery that makes you second guessing everyone, left and right. Perhaps, I had started to glorify the brilliance of Kara Taylor’s debut a little too much, to the point where my expectations grew unconsciously sky high when I finally was accepted by NetGalley to read this ARC. But I’ll be candid, I was a little disappointed with Wicked Little Secrets, there where just some quibbles that I believe the author could have avoided easily. But please note, it was still a fantastic book either way.
Here’s a little-known fact: Almost 80 percent of people who get murdered know their killers.
Wicked Little Secrets opens up not too long after Prep School Confidential. Anne’s parents are forcing her to see a therapist in Boston every now and again to check on her since Isabella was her roommate and close friend for the time they knew each other. Anne and Brent’s relationship is now official and Anne vows to never talk to Anthony again after she saw what he did. Despite a pretty happy life, there’s still questions awaiting for answers. Questions surrounding Matthew Weaver, a student who vanished more than thirty years ago. Isabella had borrowed a book from the library with a photograph of him and the Wheatley Crew team in it before she died, and on the back it wrote: THEY KILLED HIM. Those questions wanted an answer even more desperately when Anne meets Brent’s father, who looks strangely similar to the boy in the picture who was standing next to Matthew Weaver.
Once again, a thrilling premise. Love it. I love it even more because it’s told by the forever hilarious and logical, Anne. She’s quick to pick up flaws and is a resourceful protagonist. I love her determination and perseverance to get an answer even when things seem awfully convoluted. There were times when I think Anne got way to infatuated with the investigation she was conducting and throwing lies at all corners, which was absolutely frustrating. But on whole, a reliable and strong character that I want to see more of–maybe less ‘hypocrisy’ though.
There is a certain more amount of romance in Wicked Little Secrets. There are points in this novel where I began to feel that it was overshadowing the plot which was not at all a problem in the first installment. Yes, the love triangle continues but it has never really bothered me when it comes to this series. Both romances are handle realistically and I couldn’t help but giggle through some scenes. I’m slightly undecided about which team I’m on right now, but I think I’ll be happy as long as it feels right by book 3.
We turn back to the movie for a few minutes before Brent says, “Do you want to go to the formal?” I trace the outline of his ear.
“I don’t know. No one’s asked me.” He rolls his eyes.
“Do you want to go with me to the formal?”
“I don’t want to go to the formal,” I say, “But if you need a date, I can tough it out.”
“You’re so generous.” He laughs with his whole body.
And for all the Anthony lovers:
“No, there’s more. I don’t want to pretend I don’t give a shit what you think of me. Because I do. I don’t want to be the waste product you think I am. It’s all I think about lately. His eyes are pleading, begging me to understand what he’s really saying. “You’re all I think about, and I can’t stop.”
A thrilling, fun and full of drama sequel, I am jumping up and down on my toes for Deadly Little Sins. If you want murder mystery, Kara Taylor is your author.
~Thank you St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me this copy!~
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