Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, NA, Thriller
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff.
That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes. Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?
As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal. Are those friends – and enemies – what they seem? Who is hiding a dangerous secret? And will the truth set them all free?
A gripping new novel from the author of Beautiful Malice and Sweet Damage.
Before I go into my review, let me just clear up that this is a new adult novel. The characters have finished high school and most of them are twentyish, there’s a bit of sex that was described a little more than what you’d find in a YA novel. Just mentioning this because Goodreads has it shelved most as YA and that’s definitely not correct. I would have liked to know beforehand, y’know? Nonetheless, that didn’t affect my enjoyment.
I’m quite sure why most people want to read this book is to know what on earth happened to Cooper Bartholomew. I was one of those people–I love my mysteries and I love it when it’s all twisted and there are red herrings and suspicious people. That’s what I got. The mystery kept me flicking the pages into the night, I just had to find out EXACTLY what happened to Cooper Bartholomew.
All the characters were really well developed as well. I hated the characters that I was meant to hate and be suspicious of, and I loved the characters I was supposed to love. Cooper was such a sweet guy and didn’t let himself just be strung along with his friends. He was loyal too, and I definitely liked Cooper most. It’s a shame he was the one that wound up dead. As for relationships, I definitely approve of Libby and Cooper. I don’t think I love them to the point where I’d set sail to the ship but hey, they felt genuine and were great for each other. And no instant-love. WHOOT!
Sadly, I did have quite a few issues with this book. My first one was the love square. Yeah, you heard me. Love square. Thank God Cooper didn’t reciprocate the feelings towards all 3 of them, just to Libby, but it felt kinda weird how he had 3 people all in love with him. There’s Claire, the girl who hates Libby’s guts from a fight in Year 8 (like seriously?!) and there’s Sebastian who’s Cooper’s best friend. It was just weird to read–with three people pining for Cooper–if you know what I mean.
My second and final qualm is a spoiler, so only click if you’ve read the book already and want to discuss with me! View Spoiler »Despite the fact that I loved the mystery about Cooper, the way it ended felt a little sloppy for my tastes. Like Cait @ Notebook Sisters mentions, it was disappointing that Cooper fell as an accident. There was so much build up and I was so excited to find who pushed Cooper; but then we’re told that it was just some accident. All that for basically nothing. Also, I actually did see the twist on Cooper and Sebastian being brothers coming, which was a bummer. « Hide Spoiler
I loved the characters and the mystery, but unfortunately some qualms lessened my overall enjoyment with Cooper Bartholomew is Dead. That being said, I still recommend this–the writing freaking suspenseful and you’ll never want to stop reading.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~
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