Take The Fall by Emily Hainsworth
Published on February 16th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Hardcover
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WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?
Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?
At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?
Honestly, when I first started reading this, I was worried I had read to many similar things recently and wouldn’t enjoy it. Well I started to feel like I was enjoying it, so I moved forward easily. I got totally wrapped up in the mystery, I enjoyed the pacing, and things were looking good. The book is very well written! Then at one point, it started to remind me of Pretty Little Liars (the show, not the books. I couldn’t get through those things) and I was like NOOOOOOO! There was a big murder in a small town. We had the dead friend, who was not as great to the people in her life as it seems, especially her friends, and no one really starts to realize it until after she dies… there is a long list of suspects to choose from. So that worried me.
Still, I found myself trying to figure out who it was. I went over all of the details right along with the characters. I know who I liked and who I didn’t and I was pretty damn sure of who it was. So I started like, smirking at things, cause I’m like “Yo, I already know who it is. The rest of this is just nonsense.” No big deal. I could see the end clear as day basically….
And then BOOM! Hainsworth dropped a bomb on me.
Oh, she got me so good! (I’m wagging my finger at her right now. Just imagine it.) I did not see that coming at all. I was so confident that I had figured it out, so maybe I just gave up on guessing or picking up on clues – I don’t know. But I literally read right through the sentence without even realizing what had just happened, then it sank in a minute later and I had to re-read to make it make sense. Hahaha!
This book was adding up to be about 3 or 3 1/2 stars for me, but that changed everything. Which then also altered the ending that I though I had figured out. All that definitely brought it up to a good, solid 4 stars. Because I love surprises.
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