BLOOD WILL TELL by April Henry

BLOOD WILL TELL

From the "Point Last Seen" series, volume 2
Age Range: 12 - 16
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A teenage sleuth becomes the prime suspect in a heinous murder case in Portland, Oregon.

Nick Walker isn't the most popular kid around, but he's felt at home working for the Portland Search and Rescue team. With crush Alexis and friend Ruby at his side, Nick has helped the police many times. When a woman's body is discovered six blocks from his apartment, Nick thinks nothing of jumping into action with his SAR team. But things quickly go south when circumstantial evidence places Nick at the scene of the murder and the police do a bit more digging. Soon Nick's world is turned upside down as secrets are revealed and friends become foes. The mystery moves along at a nice pace, mixing broad character strokes with chunks of investigative exposition, evoking the feel of a solid episode of Law and Order or C.S.I. Henry tips her hand a bit by providing chapters from the killer's point of view, thus negating some of the dramatic tension. The book's climax also feels a bit rushed, with exposition and action flying fast and leaving character in the dust. Regardless, the slow burn leading up to this climax with the ground disappearing beneath Nick's feet is solid entertainment.

A sturdy if formulaic mystery. (Mystery. 12-16)

Pub Date: June 16th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9853-2
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2015




MORE BY APRIL HENRY

ChildrenTHE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry
by April Henry
ChildrenTHE BODY IN THE WOODS by April Henry
by April Henry
ChildrenGIRL, STOLEN by April Henry
by April Henry

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenFAMOUS LAST WORDS by Katie Alender
by Katie Alender
FictionSTILL WATERS by Margaret Woodward
by Margaret Woodward
ChildrenALICE AND THE FLY by James Rice
by James Rice