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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Scandal, romance, treachery, and murder—all under one roof. And no one to clean up their messes. Incriminated is the thrilling second book in the Emancipated trilogy, where limits are pushed, friendships are test, and the truth has a nasty way of showing up uninvited.
There’s trouble in paradise. Six teens legally liberated from parental control—the bad boy, the good girl, the diva, the hustler, the rocker, and the nerd—all share a house in Venice Beach and they all have one thing in common: murder.
After a streak of hookups, heartbreaks, and bad decisions, the housemates’ once perfect life is falling apart. One is caught in a forbidden romance with a Hollywood hearttrob while another puts her dreams on the line for one little kiss. One harbors a dark truth that could save a life while another’s risky business puts all their lives on the line. And before they know it, the friends are fighting like family.
But when an uninvited houseguest and a deadly accident entangle them in a conspiracy none of them saw coming, pulling together is the only way out. Alone, none of them can cover up the lies. Together, none of them can be trusted.
Packed with conspiracies, intrigue, and scandalous romance, this gripping sequel told from multiple perspectives will have readers suspecting them all.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Well, I get now why this book is called Incriminated, because boy do these kids get themselves into one heck of a criminal mess in this book.
Firstly, again, why only 5 characters on the book cover when there are 6 main characters? Is number 6 hiding on the back again?
Anyway, this book picked up where book 1 left off, but the revelations started coming out really early! Candace finally got a job as an actress, but had a bit of a crush on her co-star, which didn’t go very well for her.
“You’re not here to meddle, you’re here to work.”
Grace’s death-row pen-pal’s identity was revealed,[ It’s her father! (hide spoiler)] and we got the bad news that he was about to be executed. We also found out why he was in prison though, and it was quite surprising! [ he’s in prison for murdering the bloke we saw drowning in a flashback in book 1! (Tyson Drew) (hide spoiler)]
“The execution. They set a date.”
Lucy had her rehab buddy turn up, and was also revealed (highlight to view spoiler - as ‘Charlie’ – the person who witnessed the drowning/murder of Tyson Drew in the flashback in book 1. And also remembered the identity of the killer under hypnosis!) Will this come back to bite her in the behind though? [ as ‘Charlie’ – the person who witnessed the drowning/murder of Tyson Drew in the flashback in book 1. And also remembered the identity of the killer under hypnosis! (view spoiler)[ It’s Dana Alexander! (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)][ Yes! (hide spoiler)]
“Did you really think Grace wouldn’t find out?”
Maya had someone interested in an app she was writing, which looked like it could make her a lot of money, and also admitted something to her housemates that she had previously been hiding.[ That she was spying on them for Dana Alexander! (hide spoiler)]
“Maya’s aunt worked for Dana Alexander. Why had Maya never mentioned this?”
Paolo got himself in trouble in this book with a woman from the club where he worked as a tennis coach, and did something very illegal. [ he watched her get hit by a car and die, and then left the scene of the crime. (hide spoiler)]
“Paolo knew, with blinding insight, the law would not protect him today.”
John-Michael showed his true colours in this book, and I’m pretty sure they were black. This kid does not have a bright future with the way he behaves, and now it looks like he’s dragging his housemates down with him!
“We need an alibi.”
The storyline in this also got pretty criminal towards the end, and this lot are in a heap of trouble now! How they’ll get out of it I really don’t know!
7 out of 10