FICTION

It Ends With You

Atom. Sept. 2018. 384p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780349003177.
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Gr 9 Up–Luke thinks he’s finally had a stroke of luck when the beautiful and popular Eva chooses him to be her boyfriend, but when Eva turns up murdered in a ditch, he becomes the prime suspect. Luke’s reputation as a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks is no help, but upon further investigation it is revealed that Eva may have had more secrets and enemies than anyone would have thought possible. In an effort to cover their own tracks and preserve Eva’s reputation and memory, her friends begin to weave an unmanageable web of lies, which only leads to more questions. Is Luke her murderer? Who is the mysterious blonde girl with the wrist tattoo? Who was Eva’s secret older boyfriend? In this quick and compelling novel, Wright asks characters and readers alike to piece together the truth of a terrible murder by providing alternating glimpses into the reactions and motivations of some seriously unreliable narrators. Dark and complicated in its narrative, this is not a novel that wraps up with a pretty bow, opting instead for some hard truths and lingering danger.
VERDICT Seedy and violent without becoming too explicit, this is a good introduction to the crime and thriller genres for the younger high school crowd.

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