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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Book Review: The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer

The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 352
Source: Received from publicist for honest review

Summary: Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn't a murderer. But her parents don't agree. Her friends don't agree. And the cops definitely don't agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who's obsessed with her tutor, Jefferson Andrews...until he ends up dead. Maya runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Maya, but it also appears that Jefferson had secrets of his own. And enemies. Like his brother, who Abby becomes involved with...until he falls under suspicion. Is Abby getting closer to finding the true murderer? Or is someone leading her down a twisted false path?

My Review: The Deadly Sister was an exceptionally well-written thriller with an intensive plot. The detailed characteristics made it easy to distinguish traits between the sisters. Abby was a mature and caring sister. While, Maya was a drop-out, drug user who always stirred trouble. Throughout Abby's life she covered up for her sister's mistakes with her quick witted actions. However, not all secrets could be hidden.

Now, Maya was faced with harsh accusations of being a murderer. Abby refused to believe her sister had anything to do with her tutor's death and started her own trail of research. The mystery and suspense brought a great balance to the story. Around the middle of the book, I started figuring out a few things. But, I was definitely not expecting how Eliot concluded the book! The ending was shockingly twisted and memorable. I really enjoyed the creativity and character development. Overall, this thriller had all the right elements for an interesting and excited read. I look forward to reading more works by Eliot since I enjoyed his writing style.

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Author's Info:
Eliot Schrefer is a resident of New York City and a graduate of Harvard College. A contributor to The Huffington Post and a reviewer for USAToday, Eliot has been profiled in Newsweek, New York Magazine, the New York Post, WWD, and NPR's "Leonard Lopate Show." He was selected as one of the 2007 "Out 100," and as a fellow to the Sewanee Writers' Conference. He has written The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disaster, and The New Kid. Eliot does not have a sister.

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More books by Eliot:
-The New Kid
-Glamorous Disasters
-The School for Dangerous Girls

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elizabeth said...

I really want to read this book! It sounds so great :)

Precious said...

Great review! This sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it!

slommler said...

Wonderful review...sounds like a book I would like to read.

The Graef Family! said...

Great review. Sounds like a great read! It kind of sounds like a book John Grisham would write if he wrote YA.

ladystorm said...

Sounds like a great book!

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

Sounds like an awesome book! I love it when an ending is shocking. Especially since we read so much, endings are usually pretty easy to figure out, so it's a special treat when it's a surprise. I like the creepy quality of the cover, too.

Christina T said...

Fantastic review! I enjoy suspense and I can't wait to read this.

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Sounds like a great book Eleni! I love that cover, reminds me of my favorite tv show, Criminal Minds.

Looking forward to reading this one!

Lisa R said...

I love books like this. As another commenter said it isn't often we get an ending that was truly unexpected and shocking.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

NotNessie said...

I LOVED the ending of this book, it was so surprising.

Great review! I linked to it from mine- hope that's ok.

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