Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017 by Emily Bestler Books
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Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.
High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.
Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Hattie was found murdered in an abandoned barn. The town’s sheriff immediately starts investigating the murder of his friend’s daughter. But many people Hattie was one thing when in reality she was very different. Most of the time, she would be acting, not really showing who she really was.
I was not expecting a lot of things that happened in the story. I was quite impressed by how everything unfolded. With its unlikeable and unrelatable characters, I didn’t know who to trust and what was real, which made it more interesting. I do wish this book had been a little fast paced. It was quite slow and I found it to be dragging at times. Despite the pace, I actually couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what had happened to Hattie and why. I liked that this story was mostly told in the sheriff’s perspective, with alternating chapters of Hattie’s POV and another male’s character POV that happened before Hattie was murdered.
I had a hunch on the suspect but neglected it very early on. Mejia drew my attention away from the suspect in such a way that I forgot about the person. Even close to the end, she threw a curveball that had me questioning what was happening! I really liked that the author did that because it kept me guessing until the end. Now, I have a few problems with the ending. I guess I was expecting more from it.
Overall, Everything You Want Me to Be is full of complexity and doubt with unlikeable characters. It’s a good mystery novel that will keep you guessing and doubting what you think is correct.
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