As with the previous book I reviewed I found this book on Pulseit.com and it just so happened to be that I had been wanting to read this book for a while so I was really excited to finally be able to.
Synopsis by Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
My First Thoughts:
What could be better than a murder mystery in a small town? Nothing that’s what! My synopsis of this book hooked me and I knew that I couldn’t walk away from this book until I read the entire thing. Mystery, intrigue, romance the perfect ingredients for a good book.
My Post-Reading Thoughts:
So I was a little disappointed in this book, to say the least. I really expected way more action and maybe even a little bit of romance. I mean it is a murder mystery right? You would think that the cops would be involved or something remotely interesting with dire consequences, right? Alas, no such thing occurred. The dire consequence? Getting grounded by her insane mom. Romance? She sort of kissed her crush…and then did absolutely nothing. It was a whole lot of build up with no satisfactory results at the end. And, I mean, if three high school teenagers can solve a ten-year cold case then what the heck are the police doing in that town? There was no danger and absolutely no intrigue, Parker just follows the bread crumbs until she solves the murder and finds out what really happened to the golden couple. Overall it was a disappointment.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” ― Carl Sagan