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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on May 19th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic fifteen-year-old, ready to take on crime in her hometown. When Scarlett agrees to investigate a local boy's suicide, she figures she's in for an easy case and a quick buck. But it doesn't take long for suicide to start looking a lot like murder.
As Scarlett finds herself deep in a world of cults, curses, and the seemingly supernatural, she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks...and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father's murder.
Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.
Scarlett is smart as a whip, sarcastic and witty and also a kick-butt teenage defective. Graduating from school early has its benefits, her own company where she takes on cases. Her latest one is with a young girl named Gemma who believes her brother is involved in a dangerous cult. What Scarlett doesn’t know is that her father’s death and Gemma’s brother are also linked. Will she help solve Gemma and her brother, as well as find out why her father is killed or is she way in over her head?
Gemma is hilariously sarcastic, and I couldn’t help but giggle when she would talk back to her elders. Granted some of the adult characters were being disrespectful so I didn’t mind it one bit. She’s smart and agile and I really like her dynamics with her older sister. How far apart they are and how both their personalities differ from one another. Oh and did I mention this main character is also Muslim-American? I loved reading the different words and meanings as well.
A good mystery thriller that has some mythological elements will have you turning the pages for more!