Take this as your last honest warning because the put up forward will include main spoilers on your entire plot together with the ending. If you would like to learn the guide sooner or later positively don’t spoil it for your self.
Title: Folks Like Us
Creator: Dana Mele
Launch Date: Feb 27, 2018
Writer: Penguin Random Home
Kay Donovan might have skeletons in her closet, however the previous is previous, and he or she’s reinvented herself solely. Now she’s a star soccer participant whose group of beautiful buddies run their personal college with easy recognition and acerbic wit. However when a woman’s physique is discovered within the lake, Kay’s fastidiously constructed life begins to topple.
The lifeless lady has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, because it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, till Kay herself is within the crosshairs of a homicide investigation. But when Kay’s lastly backed right into a nook, she’ll do what it takes to outlive. As a result of at Bates Academy, the reality is one thing you make…not one thing that occurred.
Actually guys… I actually disliked this guide. I do not imply to start out off on a damaging foot, however getting via this guide was by far nothing wanting a battle. However I am a type of those that irrespective of how horrible one thing is – a guide, film, present – if I begin it then I am seeing it via to the top. So let me take a set again. The premise and the concept of a homicide thriller scavenger hunt was very attention-grabbing. Chef’s kiss. The execution falls quick, however even worse are the characters that we get to know alongside the best way.
Beginning with our predominant lady Kay aka by far probably the most poisonous and unlikable protagonist I’ve learn so far. It is clear from the start that Kay has a really egocentric, each man for themselves, sort of perspective. When the physique of Jessica is found there’s a dialog with Brie (her greatest pal and love curiosity) that resolves round Kay not getting the massive deal or want for cancelling college occasions. Brie tries to remind her that effectively a fellow classmate has died to which Kay says “effectively yeah, however nobody vital”. Oof. And I want that by the top of the guide there was some main character growth or any sort of change or progress in Kay. I simply did not see it. All through the guide we’re clearly attempting to navigate and determine who this assassin on campuses, however Kay additionally has a deep darkish secret that she retains hidden from everybody together with her greatest pal. When Kay was in center college her greatest pal and her older brother Todd began courting quick ahead to a foul breakup and there have been indecent images unfold across the college of her. Her greatest pal then confides in her that it was her brother who unfold the photographs, however Kay offers him an alibi and would not consider her pal. Sadly this ends in the pal then taking her personal life after which the chums brother murdering Todd. Undoubtedly heavy stuff and because the reader you wish to sympathize along with her… However then you definitely get to the massive reveal on the finish. That is the place you discover out that Kay agreed to assist her buddies brother in cornering Todd to “beat him up” as an act of revenge. That is what she was advised would occur, however finally the person determined to run him over together with his truck as a substitute. Like how am I supposed to love this character? I utterly perceive that in life some folks make errors which can be heavier than others and it would not essentially make them a foul individual. However all through the course of this guide we don’t see any progress from this egocentric self serving Kay.
The poisonous characters are a loads on this guide. Each single pal – and I do use that time period loosely – that Kay has at Bates Academy except for Brie appears extra like an enemy in hiding. Perhaps that is the purpose? The web weblog left behind by ‘Jessica’ for Kay to resolve has her pinned to inform secrets and techniques that contain her buddies or else her massive secret will get advised to everybody together with the police. The secrets and techniques vary from her athletic pal taking steroids to one in all her different buddies sleeping with a instructor. And whereas I get these are actually intense secrets and techniques to have to inform your folks that it’s worthwhile to spill, the best way Kay goes about it’s so aggressive. Virtually like ‘Oh I’ve to damage her life? Higher her then me’. So it is no shock that her buddies activate her, however then once more that is the factor. These are speculated to be her closest buddies, however within the blink of an eye fixed they’re completely in opposition to her. Prefer it would not take a lot in any respect. Brie takes the longest to lastly activate her as effectively (a minimum of to an extent), however her relationship with Kay is an entire different stage of toxicity that I am unable to even start to unpack. All through my annotations I stored questioning like are these folks actually buddies?
There have been plenty of different throw away characters and moments that are not value mentioning. It felt like sure conditions and characters have been used as crimson herrings. This particularly rings true with the one male characters we see glimpses of: Greg and Spencer. However nothing was extra of a crimson herring then when it got here time for the characters sexual orientations to be revealed. Pay attention I am all for represention in books, however not when it is written as nothing greater than a plot gadget. That irked me to no finish and left a lot to be desired.
That was plenty of damaging factors, however there have been some moments of redeeming high quality. Discovering out the what and who behind Jessica’s demise. It being merely a case of ‘unhealthy place at a foul time’ was coronary heart breaking. But it surely felt uncooked and actual, I favored the reveal way more than I believed I might. Talking of reveal, sure Nola is our killer. Stunning? Under no circumstances. I might have been extra stunned if she ended up being harmless in spite of everything this. What did shock me was the Nola is Bianca (her supposed sister) all alongside. Now this would not have been so stunning hadn’t not been for the truth that we’re launched to her dad and mom who so nonchalantly go together with all of it. Like what?
All in all I gave this guide a 3/5 and would solely advocate for those who do not thoughts a somewhat tedious learn. That is the primary and solely guide I’ve learn by this writer, so I am positively curious to see her writing fashion in one other novel. However that is a wrap on this guide and I am on to the subsequent! When you have any recommendations please be at liberty to depart them now earlier than. Should you’ve learn this guide your self I might like to know your ideas on it. Till subsequent time xoxo Moonbaes.