I received this book for free from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deadly Little Sins by Kara Taylor, Kara Thomas
Series: Prep School Confidential #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
In Kara Taylor's Deadly Little Sins, Anne Dowling investigates a mysterious disappearance in this fast-paced, twisty conclusion to the Prep School Confidential series.It’s August and Anne is back in New York City for the summer, but she can’t escape the memories of the terrible things that happened at the Wheatley School last spring— and the possibility of being expelled looming over her. When an unexpected— and suspicious— turn of events gets Anne sent back to Wheatley, she’s determined to figure out what happened to her favorite teacher and only adult ally at the school: Ms. Cross.
After a shocking, gruesome murder with connections to the Wheatley School occurs, Anne is convinced there’s more to Ms. Cross’s sudden disappearance, and that her favorite teacher is in danger. But after an ugly breakup with Brent and a new, inexplicable distance between her and Anthony, Anne isn’t sure who she can trust. And even worse, someone at Wheatley knows the truth about what happened to Ms. Cross— someone who will stop at nothing to keep Anne from learning the truth in this engrossing, unputdownable read.
Just a PSA: This is the THIRD book in the Prep School Confidential series. While each book is a completely different mystery, it’s best to read the other two books first because things from previous books are brought up. Each book builds upon each other making it that much more fabulous. So please, take caution when reading this as I may unintentionally spoil something. (But I’m almost certain this review is spoil free for the other books. At least read the first two paragraphs so you can get a feel for how awesome this series is!)
As many of you probably know, I am obsessed with this series. Kara Taylor is a fantastic writer and leaves the readers guessing up until the very end, every single time. You may start to piece together what seems like random clues only to realize that nope, you were wrong, there’s something else missing you just don’t know yet. And I love that about this series. Murder mysteries are one of my favorite genre of books to read, but oftentimes you can guess out the entire plot by about 1/3 of the way through. I don’t know if it’s because I read so many that I’ve gotten good or they are just hard books to write while not giving anything away.
When I decided to read Prep School Confidential, I was worried it was going to be one of those books. NOPE. I was so wrong. And ever since then, I have devoured this series. I think I know what’s going on but then Anne and her amazing sleuthing skills will uncover another puzzle piece, only to throw me off my tracks. When it comes time for the big reveal where everything seems to fall apart and be pieced together all at once, I usually have to stop reading because I wonder how on earth this girl figured all that out and how on earth I didn’t. If I could be like one YA character, I’d pick Anne. Seriously. She is beyond smart, she’s witty, has a tendency to get herself in trouble but ends up uncovering the awful truth all at once. She’s brave, she’s not too concerned about getting in harm’s way if it means saving other people, and my goodness, her ability to solve a crime. I imagine if I were in her shoes, it would be like me trying to find a needle in a haystack while blind folded. But Anne seems to do it, every single time. She often feels like she’s getting in too deep and in over her head but her tenacity won’t let her quit.
In this installment, Anne is on the hunt for her favorite teacher, who up and went missing one day. The school says she was let go, but after the past year Anne has had, she thinks something fishy is going on. With the help from another teacher, Anne starts to find out more and more things she had no idea about Ms. Cross and what all it could potentially mean. By trying to figure out why and where Ms. Cross went hiding to, Anne discovers even more skeletons the Wheatley School is keeping in their closet. With this book, it seemed like every chapter revealed yet another secret. Anne is having to deal with that, even though she probably shouldn’t be worried about it, keeping up her grades so she can get into college, trying to stay on her best behavior so she doesn’t get expelled again, and is having to deal with ex-boyfriend drama. It’s a lot to take on in a short period of time!
Unfortunately, and much to my dismay, this is the last book in this series. At the end of the book, Taylor includes an epilogue that leaves you wanting even more. It hints at the possible next chapter of Anne’s life and I honestly want nothing more than to be able to experience it with her. She’s going to be awesome at it and I wish I could see the situations she manages to get herself into. But I guess I’ll just have to make up scenarios in my head. If you haven’t read the Prep School Confidential series, I implore you to. If you like mysteries, a cast of great characters, and being kept on your toes, you’ll love these books. They do not disappoint!
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