Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.
Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.
The only thing is: they didn’t do it.
On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.
I’m going to start off with the trigger warnings for this book since those are a thing nowadays TW: pedophilia, self harm, animal abuse, graphic violence, homophobic slurs and some fat shaming.
Now, all that aside I LOVED this book and I really loved the cover. I need that hair! For me, it was the perfect mystery/thriller. This book is told from the point of views of Mia and Brynn in the present. You also get flash backs of certain days that stand out to them leading up to Summer’s death. There is also snippets from the book they were obsessed with and the book they were writing together. The way of telling the story was so well put together, easy to follow and 100% engaging. I could have easily read this book in one sitting (“could have” = kids, dogs, hubs, house etc… haha).
Maybe it’s just me…. But I actually didn’t know who the real killer was until the end this time. Usually I have it figured out in the first few chapters. I was so into the story telling of this book that I didn’t even stop to THINK about who it might be. It’s been a long time since I just sat there and enjoyed a mystery instead of analyzing it. I enjoyed just watching it unfold on the page.
Overall, this was well written and is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me! (It’s hard to top Sadie this year in the mystery/thriller department). Or if I’m honest, I think I’m not giving that last star because I could have lived without the cat part. NO SPOILERS HERE. You will just have to read to see what I mean. I would recommend it to everyone who likes this genre.
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