By: Ava Eldred
Genre: YFCF - Crime & mystery fiction
Published by: Penguin Australia
Published: 3 Aug 2021
ISBN: 9780241449431


A page-turning murder mystery from an exciting new voice in YA fiction.

'I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them...'

Harri and her best friends worship Half Light - an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world's about to fall apart. But quickly she realises that she - and all the other Half Light superfans out there - know and understand much more about these boys than any detective ever could.

Now she's rallying a fangirl army to prove Frankie's innocence - and to show the world that you should never underestimate a teenage girl with a passion...

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Harri has just started college, but that hasn't dulled her obsession with the boyband Half Light. She is immersed in their online fandom, full of people who share her passion for anything relating to the band.

When a band member is murdered and the leading man, Frankie, is arrested on suspicion of murder, this sends shockwaves through the online community. Not only do Harri and her friends not believe this is possible, but they set about proving his innocence. Surely he is innocent?

The story is fast-paced, and witty. Harri’s friendships may be online, but the real passion that they share makes them no less real.

I loved the characters, particularly Harri and her best friend Jas. Whilst the premise of the story may seem a little over the top, you remain grounded in Harri’s situation and her endeavours to solve the mystery.

Exploring online culture, idol worship, mystery and friendship, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book that will appeal to teen readers of all ages.

Reviewed by Rob