Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks
This book oozes atmosphere in a really great way. The exclusive New York prep school has an elite, claustrophobic air. Wendy exists through snatches of memories and stories; I never feel like I really get to know her, only the her that we see through the eyes of others. The mystery part of the story wasn't as strong to me (possibly because I identified the killer early on), but I was more than willing to stick with Rain as she explored suspects and motives. There are a number of neat choices that Mariah Fredericks makes, like keeping the main suspect in Wendy's death (another girl's boyfriend who Wendy had publicly gone after) 'offstage' until the last part of the novel. If readers are looking for a book filled with secrets and lies, definitely check this one out.
See more about Mariah Fredericks at her website.
I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Random House Children's Books.
Read it with:
Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold