#Murdertrending – Gretchen McNeil

More books for Tuesday!

Thanks to Freeform Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

#MURDERTRENDING – Gretchen McNeil (Releasing August 7th, 2018)

Looking for a quick YA thriller novel? This one might be just what you’re looking for!

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

When I saw the cover for this one, my attention was immediately caught. I then read the synopsis and had to dive in! #MURDERTRENDING is a very a unique read with some memorable characters.

Dee wakes up in a warehouse and knows the worst is about to happen. Millions of people are tuning in to watch her die. She has been convicted for a gruesome crime that she didn’t commit – the murder of her stepsister. The Postman App like streams life on what is being called Alcatraz 2.0. Convicted criminals are sent there and are then murdered by different killers on the island. Justice being served, right?

I will say that I really enjoyed the different killers and their gimmicks. This definitely made me think of THE RUNNING MAN by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). Not necessarily in what they did, but the fact that there were different character names and methods for each killer. As Dee tries avoiding death on Alcatraz 2.0, she meets other teens that were convicted of murders they didn’t commit.

I will always love seeing social media being incorporated into thrillers. The author did a great job illustrating the impact that The Postman App has on the public. Many justify these killings because it is justice being served and these are criminals. There are the others that are convinced this is all a big set up and have their conspiracy theories. If you’re looking for a YA thriller novel with a unique concept and some memorable characters, then I would highly recommend this one.

 

What do you think of social media being incorporated into these kinds of thrillers?

–Jess

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