Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Secrets of Lily GravesBlurb (from Goodreads):
With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.

The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

The Secrets of Lily Graves(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Lily Graves is the daughter of a mortician, and lives above her mother’s funeral home. Unfortunately this gives the other kids at her school plenty of ammunition to use against her, although Erin has another complaint – she thinks her boyfriend Matt broke up with her to be with Lily.
When Erin is then discovered dead, and it looks like a homicide, Matt and Lily are both suspects.
Who killed Lily? And why?

This was a good YA murder-mystery story, and I didn’t guess the killer.

I liked Lily, and I felt really sorry for her and the way everyone treated her. It wasn’t fair that she was picked on because of the way she dressed, and the way that people assumed that she had caused Erin’s death was unfair. I liked how she didn’t give up on finding out the truth, even when things got rough.

I liked the storyline in this, and I especially liked the mystery. I liked the way that the little twists were thrown in, and I liked that it wasn’t easy to guess the killer, even if several people were acting suspiciously.
There was a bit of romance, but not a lot, although it was difficult to know whether the love triangle was important to the murder.
The ending was good, and I really didn’t guess who the killer was until right at the end!
Overall; a good YA murder/mystery story,
7.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Yay, happy this one turned out good. Like a good mystery.