By: Melanie | October 21, 2014 | (28) Comments

Review: Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion RobertsCry Blue Murder by Kim Kane, Marion Roberts
Publisher: UQP
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Pages: 224
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Will anyone hear you cry?

Celia and Alice share everything – their secrets, hopes and the increasing horror that a killer is on the loose and abducting schoolgirls just like them. Three bodies have been found, each shrouded in hand-woven fabric.

From within the depths of a police investigation, clues are starting to emerge. But as Alice and Celia discover the truth, danger is closer than anyone knows. Who can you trust at a time like this?

A contemporary fable about loyalty and betrayal from two exciting new voices in Australian young adult fiction.

'Thomas Harris meets John Marsden in this taut YA psychological thriller about friendship and trust in the changing social landscape. FOUR STARS' - Bookseller and Publisher

stickers-my-review (1)Suspenseful and somewhat eerie, Kim Kane and Marion Roberts’ Cry Blue Murder was a uniquely told mystery thriller that follows two girls who bond a close friendship through a disappearance of a girl. I was immediately captivated by the synopsis and how creepy it sounded–a killer on the loose abducting school girls? Sounds pretty darn amazing, especially for the mystery lover that I am.

Cry Blue Murder was told completely by emails, documents, newspaper articles, lists etc. This isn’t your typical novel. I liked the style that the authors were trying to achieve–it was a refreshing way for the plot and scenario to unfold, but it failed to do what was most important. And that was to make characters that I needed to root for. I didn’t really feel much towards Alice or Celia at all–the authors excelled at creating different personalities, yet I found it difficult to empathise with them and fall into the story. I just felt like a bystander the entire time.

The unique way of telling the story was done well. All the information and situation slowly began to unravel itself in front of me, even though I found myself stumbling here and there. The writing style probably won’t be everyone’s favourite, but it worked well for me.

I did like the fast pace–so I didn’t feel particularly bored about reading the book. The story is a rather short one too, when compared with other books so it works nicely for a one-sitting read. I was genuinely creeped out in the middle section of this book. I actually know the places that these authors placed their characters in so it really had an effect on me. I was pretty chilled for a while there.

I definitely thought the ending required more brushing up and details, despite that. Moreover, I’d like to add that the reveal of the killer started to become obvious towards the end of the book so I didn’t feel really shocked at the end, which was a shame.

In all, Cry Blue Murder was a thrilling read that had a refreshing format that I really loved and a eye-catching premise. While I failed to click with the characters, this book still has many merits. I definitely recommend for people to check this one out!

~Thank you UQP Australia for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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28 Responses to Review: Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts

  1. Emily says:

    HORRORS. *runs*
    *comes back* Okay, it doesn’t look like this one is too scary so. 😛 But I think it’s interesting the style they took on, with the story being told in emails and whatnot! 😀 Very unique! But like you said it can be a problem because you don’t feel connected to the characters in a way 🙁 It’s also a pity that in the end it became a tad predictable. Shame! But at least you enjoyed it, yeah? 😉 Fantastic review, Mel!! <3
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  2. oooh, I love the unique format of how the story is told here with the newspaper clippings and whatnot, sounds really interesting! Sounds like it was thrilling even though the characters were a bit meh at times. Great review Mel!
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  3. The format sounds suspiciously like House of Leaves and Night Film. Regardless, I’m a fan of this kind of story telling. I like looking at pictures, reading emails and letters. It adds another level of mystery to the story, somewhat.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Melanie says:

      oh really? I’ve always wanted to read Night Film, and it makes me happy to hear that that book is also told in a unique format, makes me want to read it even more!

  4. Amber Elise says:

    That sounds like an interesting format, it’ll especially make the book go quick as well! This sounds like a nice one to get at the library! Thanks for the review Mel, I’ll have to read this one before Halloween comes and goes!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    • Melanie says:

      Yes, definitely Amber! I’m not sure if they would have this book available at libraries outside AUS as of now because of rights and all, but yeah, definitely keep an eye out!

  5. I have read a couple of books that utilize the letter/email format and they haven’t quite worked for me either. I think something about the format makes the reader feel a lack of connection.

  6. Um, this scares me… a lot… LOL!
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  7. Refreshing format? Okay. I’m in. I don’t read nearly enough creepy books…and I love that all the creepy recs will be coming through because of halloween (even if I’ve never done halloween in my born days, despite the Oz shops seeming to think everyone does it and layering the shelves with fake pumpkins -_-).
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  8. Melliane says:

    It’s too bad about the ending. I didn’t know about this one but it’s intriguing and I really like the cover. I love when an author presents another format for the books, I think it’s always fun to read. I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks!
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  9. ooh this one sounds really awesome in regards to the refreshing formatting. I do love reading books set in Melbourne, well Australia for that matter, so I am definitely adding this one to the TBR. Awesome review Melanie 🙂

  10. Amelia K says:

    Nice reviewwww! Huh I’m not sure if I want to read this one because there are things that make me wanna run away as far as I can, but I am always game for unique styles and murder mysteries too. It’s a shame that you felt the ending was really out of the blue and half-assed.

  11. Bennari H. says:

    I actually just finished this and the ending OMG! So good

  12. Glass says:

    This sounds awesome, adding it to my tbr pile.
    Great review!
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  13. Kelly says:

    I love books that don’t follow the typical storyline format, like verse especially, But through emails and newspaper clippings? I can imagine that takes a little getting used to. I’m hoping the uniqueness is enough to get the characters over the line for me, and the predictability as well. Fantastic review poppet, going to check this one out <3
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  14. I actually like thrillers and horrors that follow that kind of format – through emails, documents, and newspaper articles. It’s very exciting to me, especially since what we are getting are personal details and thoughts from the affected individuals, as well as the reactions from the people around them. Added this to my list and hoping to read it before halloween! ^_^
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