Monday, January 30, 2017

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir Review

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

The book opens with a spirit standing over their dead body. The murdered boy is soccer star Chace Porter. His murder sends the Oyster Bay Prep school into chaos. The book mainly alternates between the viewpoints of Nicole, a scarred star violist, and Lana, the popular girlfriend. It also bounces in time before and after Nicole gets the scarring on her face.
The story is fast moving and kept me questioning. I thought I had it figured out and was pleasantly surprised when it did not prove to be the case. There are some cliché elements but nothing too off putting. While none of the characters were completely flat, I wish they had been a bit more balanced. I also would have liked more from some of the other characters and other situations.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would checkout more titles by this author. 

 Amazon Description: 
"A dark and addictive mystery that had me flying through the pages: best read late at night under the covers with the doors locked!"—Kara Thomas, author ofThe Darkest Corners

One dead body, one photograph, one comprimising secret. Everyone's a suspect in this classic "whodunit" murder mystery from Timeless author, Alexandra Monir.  

Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things—the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The girl in the picture.

After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him—and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder.

What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him?

In alternating points of view—that of suspect Nicole Morgan and that of Lana Rivera—and weaving between present-day, flashbacks, and the characters' surreal subconscious, The Girl in the Picture is a unique tale of teen friendship, romance, and deadly secrets.

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