Good Girls Die First

Sourcebooks/Fire. Nov. 2021. 368p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781728245416.
Gr 10 Up–“There were two kinds of secrets in the world: secrets that lost their power when you told them, and secrets that changed everything.” So begins this eerie, gothic-inspired thriller about Ava, an amateur photographer, and several of her classmates who are summoned to an island by a mysterious plot. Each student has their own secrets that brought them there, and each will have to fight for survival. From the very first page, readers will question everything—the characters, their secrets, and the dilapidated, prisonlike setting. This locked-room thriller is full of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing the ending until the very last page.
VERDICT This gothic-inspired thriller with nods to Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier will keep readers on the edge of their seats and turning pages as quickly as they can. It is immersing, puzzling, and unpredictable, with a surprise ending that’s sure to have teens talking.

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