Author: Elle Cosimano
First Published: March 25th 2014
Series: Nearly Gone #1
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical copy
My Rating: 9/10
It's been a while since I've read a mystery book that wasn't by Agatha Christie! But this was phenomenal. Nearly (or Leigh, as she likes to call herself) spends her days reading the personal ads in the newspapers. When someone begins writing riddles in cryptic ways that seems to link to the murders happening in Nearly's school, it's time for her to figure out the clues and stop the killer before s/he strikes again.
As the list of murders gets longer and longer, the more Nearly was desperate to find the killer. Working with Reece, the narc that the police have sent to investigate her, she finally finds out who the real killer is.
Cosimano brilliantly lays out all the clues right in front of our eyes, but at the same time planting red herrings all around until we have no clue what we really know. I had my suspicions as the book progressed, but I was wrong!
My favourite part of the book are the ads/clues left for Nearly to solve. They all have something to do with science, which is Nearly's strong suit. Usually at first glance, they make absolutely no sense. Until Nearly figures it out... but not right away.
Here's the ad that started it all.
Newton was wrong. We clash with yellow. Find me tonight under the bleachers.And here's my favourite.
Some cats don't dance. Respite in a box, a toxic paradise. Dead or alive when you find him?Though sometimes, I must say that Nearly disappointed me. She was one of the last people to figure out who the killer was, and she also had help from Reece. A lot of help. Nearly is meant to be the clever, problem-solving girl, but she's one of the last people to see the pattern in the killings.
Overall, this is a very good mystery book and I would definitely recommend it for those who enjoy this genre. There's a sequel, called Nearly Found. I don't know when I'll get round to reading it, but I sure will!
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