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TEEN KILLERS AT LARGE

From the Teen Killers Club series , Vol. 3

Throbs and bleeds.

Signal Deere’s efforts to prove her innocence and hook up with trained killer boyfriend Erik culminate in a welter of hot snogging and blood-spattered betrayal in this trilogy closer.

Sparks winches up the suspense, pitching Signal into a desperate tangle as she frantically searches for ways to meet her thrillingly dangerous squeeze in secret; find out who’s stealing the evidence that she wasn’t the one who strangled and decapitated her best friend, Rose; and, most importantly, expose the threat of Wylie-Stanton, a secret algorithm that purportedly rates teenaged brains for potentially homicidal tendencies. But on the way to an improbably happy ending—and despite the throat cutting, computer and other hacking, mysterious black drones, high-speed car chases, assassin training, and revelations of evil corporate scheming to “fix” minors deemed troubled or dangerous—readers will get to enjoy some good old-fashioned romance. Series fans will enjoy seeing continuing plotlines playing out to reasonably tidy resolutions, and lines like “I claw at him, and he meets, then escalates my intensity, ladders racing down my tights as his fingers dig at my hips,” will appeal to fans of steamy prose in general. The leads are cued white, but names point to some intended diversity in the supporting cast.

Throbs and bleeds. (Thriller. 15-adult)

Pub Date: Oct. 10, 2023

ISBN: 9781639104871

Page Count: -

Publisher: Crooked Lane

Review Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2023

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HOME IS WHERE THE BODIES ARE

Answers are hard to come by in this twisting tale designed to trick and delight.

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Three siblings on very different paths learn that their family home may be haunted by secrets.

Eldest daughter Beth is alone with her fading mother as she takes her final breath and says something about Beth’s long-departed brother and sister, who may not have disappeared forever. Beth is still reeling from the loss of her mother when her estranged siblings show up. Michael, the youngest, hasn’t been home since their father’s disappearance seven years ago. In the meantime, he’s outgrown his siblings, trading his share of the family troubles for a high-paying job in San Jose. Nicole, the middle child, has been overpowered by addiction and prioritized tuning out reality over any sense of responsibility, much to Beth’s disgust. Though their mother’s death marks an ending for the family, it’s also a beginning, as the three siblings realize when they find a disturbing videotape among their parents’ belongings. The video, from 1999, sheds suspicion on their father’s disappearance, linking it to a long-unsolved neighborhood mystery. Was it just a series of unfortunate circumstances that broke the family apart, or does something more sinister underlie the sadness they’ve all found in life? In chapters that rotate among the family’s first-person narratives, the siblings take turns digging up stories and secrets in their search for solace.

Answers are hard to come by in this twisting tale designed to trick and delight.

Pub Date: April 30, 2024

ISBN: 9798212182843

Page Count: 270

Publisher: Blackstone

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2024

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THE DARE

Unlikely to gain the author any new readers but will appeal to her fans.

Marley, who’s on the cusp of graduating from high school, looks forward to going to college in California, but first, she must endure senior prank week.

What began as a harmless tradition to annoy the hapless school principal has evolved into a more serious series of pranks and dares orchestrated by the five Wilder brothers: Everett, Emmett, Rhett, Garrett, and Truett. Rhett, who’s Marley’s former friend, is leading this year’s pranks and imposing severe consequences on non-participants. When their dare results in tragedy for a group of friends—Marley, Luce, Jesse, and Atlas (Marley’s boyfriend)—they make a pact to keep what happened a secret. Marley continues to be wracked with self-reproach, however, and paranoia and guilt begin to tear the teens’ friendships apart. It’s crucial for readers to approach the book with suspension of disbelief, because the characters sometimes act without clear motivation and at other times seem to understand who’s responsible for events based on very flimsy evidence. The dialogue also becomes repetitive at points. While this may not be Preston’s strongest work, her dedicated followers will find in it the suspenseful approach they love. Luce is cued Latine; Atlas reads Black, and the rest of the characters present white.

Unlikely to gain the author any new readers but will appeal to her fans. (Thriller. 12-18)

Pub Date: May 7, 2024

ISBN: 9780593704066

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: March 9, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2024

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