At one time, Jaycee and Rachel were best friends, but that was before Rachel changed and began to push Jaycee away. Six months later, Rachel is murdered and Jaycee is guilt ridden over choosing Skyler over Rachel the night she died. Everything is eerie, from the text message that Rachel sent Jaycee forty-five minutes before she was shot, to the cryptic video messages she left behind. Despite what authorities say, Jaycee knows that Rachel’s death was no random gang crime, and she sets off to find out the truth about who is at fault. But first, she must figure out who she can trust.
This was an excellent mystery from start to finish, full of intriguing plot twists and mysterious external factors that threw me off. Throughout the book, I was suspicious of everyone and the author does an excellent job of tossing in red herrings that kept me guessing until the very end. I’m usually pretty good with picking up who is to blame early in books, but this one kept me on my toes, and I wasn’t really sure until the big reveal who the killer was. I love a great twist, and this book definitely had one.
Despite being incredibly methodical in the way the clues are laid out- there’s also a great emotional bent to the story. Jaycee is naïve and at times I wanted to throttle her for her immaturity, but overall, she felt things very deeply and I was connected to her plight as she struggled with the death f her former best friend.
Dead Girls Don’t Lie is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and the ending is dark and gritty as far as Young Adult novels go. It’s a delicious mystery with a tragic end that will keep readers engaged from page one.