Author: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Source: Own Hardcover
Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets. -goodreads.com
It's been a while since I've written a review for a book I don't really care TOO much for... Don't get me wrong, DGDL hooked me in the beginning, it kinda reminded me of one of those CSI episodes, but as the story went on and as I turned pages, the story got a bit too dull for my taste.
Let's start with the basics. Jaycee and Rachel are best friends, but have a falling out one night after hanging out. Fast FWD 6 months after and Jaycee receives a text from Rachel asking for help, she ignores it. The next morning she finds out that Rachel is dead. From here one would think the story is starting up and pretty soon will pick up speed and leave you wanting MORE... WRONG. I really did enjoy the world buildup and the whole "my ex-best friend is dead" and "I want to catch her killer" concept, but it was just lacking something.
Some things that I did enjoy were the small town settings. The descriptions were awesome and it made me feel like I was right there standing next to Jaycee. Being from a small town myself, I cold relate to her character a bit... Just not the whole being a follower part. Either way, DGDL started off great, hit a bumpy patch midway, and just couldn't make it's way back up. I will admit and say the plot twist caught me by surprise though. I thought I had figured it out, but I wasn't right about everything.