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Publisher's Summary

A sharp psychological thriller that's just right for fans of Pretty Little Liars - this story will seduce, mislead, and, finally, betray you.

Kay Donovan has skeletons in her closet, but who doesn't? The past is the past, and now Kay's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous, pedigreed friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left a memento, a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate each of Kay's friends, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of the murder investigation. At this school, no one is quite what they seem...even Kay.

Debut author Dana Mele has written a taut, sophisticated suspense novel that listeners will tear through and not stop talking about.

©2017 Dana Mele (P)2017 Listening Library

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Couldn't stop listening

What did you love best about People Like Us?

It didn't end how I assumed it would, which shocked me the most, I think. With most YA "who-dun-it's" you can figure it out before the end. Not so for this one for me, which I really appreciated.

What other book might you compare People Like Us to and why?

"One of Us Is Lying" by Karen M. McManus is very similar, in good ways! Definitely pick that one up, too, if you liked this one.

Have you listened to any of Erin Spencer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

(slight spoiler? maybe?) The fact that everyone willingly turned against Kay almost immediately reminded me of some of my own high school experiences. In high school, everyone loves an easy target to hate. And anyone can become that target, even if they weren't the worst bully, and it can happen instantly. Ten years ago, I had something similar happen (without murder, of course) when I was 17 and in high school, so it hit me a little hard and made me super relieved to be out of high school.

Any additional comments?

It's an engaging listen. It's definitely one that makes you not want to put it down and to keep listening. I finished it in one sitting, partly due to fibromyalgia pain but mostly because I had to know how it ended! It totally surprised me by the ending, which was nice.

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I really liked it!

I'm not usually a YA reader, but I listened to this during a business trip recently and looked forward to turning it back on every time I had to shut it off. I thought I could predict the end, and I sort of did, but then it took a real unexpected turn that I never saw coming.

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Loved this book

Kept me wondering the whole book “who is the killer” and then when they are revealed, it still kept me reading

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Gripping right till the end

Brilliant story, but the narrator was a little monotonous in her reading. Couldn't always distinguish between dialogue and 1st person narration. Nevertheless it was thoroughly enjoyable and full of suspense.

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wow

Holy freaking crap. I honestly don't know to think after finishing People Like Us. I just finished and I still this anxious jittery feeling because although I had some answers, the ending is very much left open to interpretation.

I listened to the audio version of People like us and the narrator did a remarkable job, she had me so entrenched in the world of an all girls boarding school that dealt with so much more than my high school did, at least that I was aware of. Their were some mean and nasty girls in this school, and I found it rather shocking to be perfectly honest with you. The things they said and the way they treated each other was truly beyond my comprehension.

I thought that People would be a lot like One of Us is Lying, but it actually ended up being more like Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy. But a little more sinister, dark and psychological. When I finally made it to the end and all of the secrets were revealed I was honestly shocked! I thought that I knew Kay so well, but I feel like I had her completely misjudged the entire time I was reading.

I sit here questioning rather I would recommend People Like Us to a friend, and I think I would because quite frankly I need to talk to someone about this book and the ambiguous ending. I will be thinking of this story and slowly digest for a some time to come.

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Mean Girls meet 13 Reasons

Kay is high on the social influence scale at her prestigious girls academy. That is until she becomes the top suspect for the murder of a fellow classmate. Desperate to avoid a shady past, thing just keep getting worse for me as she struggles to unearth the real killer.

Interesting story full of unique characters and just enough suspense to keep the reader going. At times, revelations about Kay appear forced and sloppy in terms of plotting. But such moments are forgivable.

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Unrealistic, but fun

It was hard to suspend reality enough to believe that the main character would be silly enough to make so many bad mistakes. It was a pretty decent murder mystery with some interesting plot twists.

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can't stop

This is the kind of book that you have to finish it. From the first paragraph I was hooked.

The performance from the narrator amplifies the story.

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Predictable

The killer was predictable. No crazy twist until the end, but by that time it’s too late to be anything more than an ok mystery

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okay

The last chapter really drags. I would have rated 4/5 if it wasn't for that chapter. lots of unnecessary cursing.