Kill You Last

Bk. 3. 225p. Egmont USA. 2011. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-60684-024-5; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-1-60684-318-5. LC 2011936279.
Gr 8 Up—Strasser introduces another affluent Soundview resident: high school senior Shelby Sloan. Her father is the chief suspect and only link in an investigation of three missing girls who booked him and his staff to shoot their modeling portfolios. In addition to regular, icy looks and attitudes from students, Shelby deals with constant media coverage and aggressive reporters outside her house. Her life upheaval also includes menacing emails implying that there's more to her dad than she realizes. Convinced that he is not a killer and encouraged by her friend Roman, Shelby begins her own investigation. The deeper she digs, the darker the secrets become, revealing the sketchy pasts of her father and his staff. All of the titles in this cyberthriller trilogy stand alone, but readers who pick up one are likely to enjoy the others. However, Strasser steps up his pacing and story line for Shelby's story. The large list of suspects and number of secrets revealed will keep readers engaged in the rapidly unfolding plot, while the technology embedded into the narrative will appeal most to those who utilize it.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ
Shelby thinks nothing of the weird emails she receives until three teen models photographed by her father go missing and her family faces a media spotlight nightmare. Spurred by her true-crime-loving BFF and a seemingly concerned reporter, Shelby decides to seek answers. Sharp dialogue, red herrings, and mature content will keep pages turning in this overwrought but entertaining mystery.

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