News spreads fast. Gossip spreads faster. Deadly secrets spread fastest of all.
Jane Bryson obeys the rules. A long-standing science teacher at Ravenswood High School, she lives a simple life with her husband Craig and Moose the black Labrador. When free-spirited new English teacher Elena Mayfield joins Ravenswood, Jane’s excited to have a friend who is ready to challenge authority, and Elena’s soon shaking things up.
When Elena starts a controversial club, Jane is ready to support her. When Elena begins an illicit romance with a colleague, Jane is there to help her shield her secret. When people begin asking questions about Elena, Jane backs her all the way.
But the morning after the annual fundraiser, Elena’s body is found crumpled on the soccer field.
It soon becomes clear that not everyone found Elena charming and funny. A thousand people were at the fundraiser: there’s a town full of suspects and a long list of motives. Who was angry with Elena? What had her curiosity and rule-breaking uncovered? Who wanted to shut her up?
Who has told lies they would kill to hide?
You are responsible for your own actions. That’s an indisputable fact, but sometimes other people can drive you insane and that’s when the bomb goes off. You see red and nothing can stop you with all that this implies…
There were a lot of suspects here, but no one really stood out. That made it rather complicated for me to put the blame on someone. There was not one person that I disliked so much that I would happily see them behind bars, but someone must have done it.
When all the masks fell off, I was utterly surprised by the outcome. Not once did that person’s name cross my mind. This shows the author’s skills of being able to fool her readers or me at least 😉.
People gossip. People come to conclusions they believe are the right ones. People are cruel. Nothing new there, right? But these are very good elements to use in a book and build a story around. 4 stars.
Thank you, Laura Wolfe and Bookouture
About the author
Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets, was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime and the SCBWI.