Expected Publication is September 17, 2013 by Walker Children’s|Expected Number Of Pages: 346
Genre: YA Contemporary
Dead Girls Don’t Lie is an e-ARC from netgalley.com, which has not influenced my review in any way
Goodreads Summary: Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
I so wanted to like Dead Girls Don’t Lie, but it turned out to be okay for me.
I think part of why I didn’t like Dead Girls Don’t Lie was the fact that I was reminded a little too much of Shaw’s first book. The mysterious death of Rachel and Jaycee trying to figure out what really happened the night Rachel was murdered reminded me a little too much of Breaking Beautiful, when Allie tried to remember what happened the next of the car accident that killed her boyfriend.
There are all of these clues that Jaycee has to put together, but the mystery surrounding Rachel’s death wasn’t enough to keep me interested. It was just hard to care about what it was like for Jaycee to lose someone she used to be best friends with.
One really interesting thing about Dead Girls Don’t Lie is the divide between the migrant workers and the rest of the town. Since Rachel’s death appears to be gang-related, everyone believes that there is nothing more to the case, but I found the divide between the two different parts of the community got a little repetitive after a while. I also felt like Rachel’s death being blamed on a gang to be the teensiest bit shallow, and I felt like it could have been explored a little more. At the same time, though, I also understand them being blamed and all of the distrust over one part of the community.
As for who really killed Rachel, I can’t believe I didn’t figure it out until the end. I felt like I totally should have been able to pick up on it, since the clues really did seem to be there. I found Jaycee’s innocence to be pretty refreshing, since she could have been the complete of that. She did make some pretty stupid decisions because of it, and it is interesting to see Jaycee’s innocence in comparison to how Rachel was acting the last few months before her death.
It did feel like something was missing from the book- there were times when I felt like I was missing a paragraph or two, and I had to re-read some parts of several times to try to figure out what was going on.
Dead Girls Don’t Lie was just okay for me. I just felt like something was missing, and it was hard to care and stay interested in the mystery Jaycee was trying to solve. Dead Girls Don’t Lie gets 2 stars.