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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters comes an all-new edge-of-your-seat thriller set in upstate New York about an eerie sequence of seemingly unrelated events that leaves five cheerleaders dead.

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. First there was the car accident--two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know his reasons.

Monica's sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they'd lost. That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it's not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica's world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad's desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . .

Whatever happened five years ago isn't over. Some people in town know more than they're saying. And somehow, Monica is at the center of it all. There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn't mean anyone else is safe.

©2018 Kara Thomas (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A disturbing portrait of how bad news and gossip can curdle when mixed together." (Oprah.com)

"Taut and suspenseful...this gritty page-turner will easily hook a broad range of [listeners]." (Booklist)

"An intense psychological thriller that all but ensures the lights will be left on between dusk and dawn." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not a thriller or horror, just a mystery

The cover is misleading. Nothing but a mystery. It wasn't bad. It had lots of potential but I dislike stories that leave vital clues (or in this case, huge completely unknowable information) until the end. It just makes them not as strong. Like less thought went into the development of the mystery. Lacks foreshadowing.

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Too much of too many things

By my count there's seven plots that could have each been a novel. Three of the seven involve the cheerleaders. Unfortunately some of the plots are there merely to drive the story rather then be an important to solving the mystery. For example the entire Dance Team angel is simply there to let Monica and another character have contact and for a one line comment appear in the last chapter.

There's just too many suspects, some of whom we only get a sticky-note worth of information on. And I could also guess who the villain was fairly early on because of how much drama Monica goes through every time she sees them. Frankly I felt that the killer was just lazy plot resolution.

Characters are inconsistent at times. In the very first chapter Monica refers to her stepfather as a stupid jerk because he made a joke about her now having her own bathroom and treats him as if she dislikes him. Later on she claims that he was more of a dad to her then her biological father, but there's no real proof of that. And there's an entire scene in which Monica does something foolish, or at least "foolish" based on what her thinking of her stepfather at that moment. But she takes that risk because the plot demands it.

Monica's mother is odd as well. At one point Monica gets detention but her mother doesn't punish her until after Monica refuses to have her mother call the teacher and get the detention cancelled. In this instances Monica was doing the decent thing and really shouldn't have been punished. I won't even talk about Monica's little brother, why he was even in the book I don't know.

One critic's review called this "taut and gripping". I can only think they were reading a different book. At best it was a so-so read, better then some but not as interesting as others.

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That Twist Though

Usually I pride myself on knowing what happens in a mystery before it is revealed to us but I wasnt really expecting either twist. The only issue I had with the book (well just the audio) is the way to narrator voiced any teenager that wasnt to protagonist. That over exaggerated valley girl or dumb surfer voice is really played out and hard on the ears. Other than that I loved the book from start to finish.

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Good for teens and adults

It’s hard to write a book that would have equal appeal to both adults and teenagers, but where others have failed, Kara Thomas succeeded. The book is well-paced and keeps you guessing right up until the end. At the end, she also does a nice job of tying up all the threads weaves throughout the book. All around great story.

This is the first book I’ve heard read by Phoebe Strole, and I’m glad I found another great narrator.

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  • Ruthi
  • On a Mountain In Oregon
  • 08-30-18

Really entertaining!

I really enjoyed this book. The story was a bit predictable, but most YA thrillers are and in general, it is a really entertaining listen. If you're in the mood for a YA thriller that handles the usual high school tropes in a unique and interesting fashion, pick this one up! Phoebe Strole does a fantastic job narrating and I listened to this all in one sitting as I couldn't stop until I knew how it ended!

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I was shocked

I thought I had it all figured out. I was completely shocked when the truth actually unfolded. I think it would have been better if one person had done all the dirt. It turned out good anyway. I would recommend this book. It is a good read.

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I loved it!

This book kept me interested the entire time. The way the story came together in different parts kept me wondering who did what. I’m glad they were able to get closure in the end a

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  • 08-16-18

Great

Really enjoyed this audio book - captivating interesting storyline, and well narrated. Would definitely recommend it

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  • Kelly Mancaruso
  • 08-04-18

SO GOOD! This needs to be a TV show ASAP

Someone needs to turn this book into a tv show ASAP. If you love Riverdale or PLL this is definitely for you. SO SO SO GOOD! My first Kara Thomas book and I will def be reading all of her books now!