Little Creeping Things

Sourcebooks/Fire. Jun. 2020. 336p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781728210520.
Gr 8 Up–Ichaso’s debut is a riveting whodunnit. In the small town of Maribel, OR, where all should be quaint and serene, a dark and murderous secret remains unsolved. Cassidy Pratt is a high school student and varsity volleyball player from a decent family. She attempts to lead a typical teenage life, although her tortured psyche refuses to let her embrace that existence. The recurring memory of her childhood friend’s death is often triggered when peers taunt her with the ill-humored, accusatory nickname, “Fire Girl.” Fast forward to present day, where the town’s most popular girl and one of Cassidy’s tormentors, Melody, has gone missing after having a lover’s quarrel with a mysterious person. That person knows a secret about Cassidy and is turning her into a suspect. With the help of her older brother and a longtime friend/love interest, Cassidy must revisit the tainted past in order to solve the crime at hand. There are some depictions of teenage drinking and violence, but they are not explicit.
VERDICT Although a bit on the long side, this James Patterson–like crime drama will keep readers up at night; a psychological thriller worthy of mystery aficionados.

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