Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: People Like Us by Dana Mele @MsDanaMele

People Like Us by Dana Mele book cover and review
People Like Us is a twisted thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Kay and her nasty group of friends attend a prestigious all-girls boarding school, Bates Academy. This group of girls has gossiped, bullied, and cheated on their friends and each other for years, and Kay is the leader of the group.

When they find the body of a dead classmate in a pond, the suspicions abound.  It turns out several of them have a reason to kill her and no one has a great alibi.

Kay receives access to a blackmail web page that appears to be from the dead girl.  Kay must out each one of her friends for some secret transgression, or else the blackmailer will tell Kay's secrets.  And Kay has many secrets. Kay and her closest friends end up in the crosshairs of the murder investigation, and as Kay tries to clear herself, she runs up against formidable obstacles.

I guessed the identity of the murderer at about the halfway point, but I wasn't sure, and it didn't ruin the rest of the story.  The backstabbing and lying of these teens really began to stretch credibility. I mean, really, the motives are really absurd, but I stuck with it and found People Like Us to be a juicy, intricate mystery with well-described (if awful) characters.

This isn't a book that's going to have you rooting for the good guy -- because there aren't any -- but it will keep your attention and keep you guessing. I think my teens will enjoy it.

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, February 27, 2018
eARC obtained from NetGalley
384 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. This one sounds so good, it's definitely going on my list of books to read soon.

  2. Sounds a lot like Pretty Little Liars. I'll keep this one in mind for my reluctant readers.

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    1. Not sure. Doesn't release until February 27, so I don't have it yet. But I think they will...


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