By: Sara Shepherd
Genre: YF - Children's & teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: Hot Key Books
Published: 01 Oct 2014
ISBN: 9781471404344


In Beacon Heights High, Nolan Hotchkiss is king. His charm, wealth and good looks are deceptively seductive, and many are the students whose lives and reputations have been ruined by it.

All the while Nolan continues to reign, unquestioned and undisrupted. Until now, that is. Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker seemingly don't have much in common.

Each has their own friends, dramas and goals. But one thing they do share: they all have a deep hatred of Nolan Hotchkiss. And they all think it's about time he paid for what he's done. They come up with the perfect murder - a hypothetical murder, of course. It's all wishful thinking...until they wake up one morning to find that their wish has come true. Nolan has been killed - in exactly the way they planned.

The thing is, they didn't do it. So who did?


After the huge success of the Pretty Little Liars series, many will be keen to read the first book in this new series by Sara Shepherd.

I really got hooked into the strong and varied female characters and their interactions. When I started to explain the book to my family, they thought it sounded a lot like Gossip Girl, but they couldn't believe how into the different characters I was.

It is an enthralling murder mystery but with a new unresolved issue arriving in the final chapter, I can only wonder how many more instalments we can expect, although at this stage I am told only one more.

A great book to be read for its entertainment value and, although I doubt it will be winning any literary awards, it is thoroughly enjoyable.

There is nothing unsuitable so this book should be fine for all secondary girls, even though a 50 year old man loved it too.

Reviewed by Rob