Release Date: April 24, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
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
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!~
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