Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Book Review: People Like Us by Dana Mele

Hello everyone and Happy Pi Day! Today I’m sharing with you People Like Us by Dana Mele. If you like psychological thrillers, this is your book.

35356380Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their exclusive private school with effortless popularity and wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

People Like Us accomplishes all that a psychological thriller should- there's sharp writing, intriguing characters, a sense of urgency, just enough information concealed, and of course, a gripping mystery. It made me view every single character with suspicion; had me thinking I knew the entire story, and then I would learn more… and more. It genuinely felt like I was the one tangled in a plot of murder and revenge, and the secondhand paranoia was real. As revelation piled on revelation, it got more and more twisted. And the entire set-up- the riddles encoded in a website, the flashbacks, the long line of suspects... believe me when I say you do not want to miss this book.

On top of all that, there are also little things here and there that truly make this novel stand out- how representative it is of society today, the amazing characterization, and the incredible attention to detail. The author really fleshes out her characters, even the secondary ones, which gives the story so much depth. Watching Kay and her friends interact is so interesting since they’re all morally gray characters, and no one more so than Kay. They all have their own complicated motives and secrets, and they are all cutthroat and daring, so the dynamic among them (as well as the one at Bates Academy in general) is just fascinating. The line between right and wrong is so blurred that it’s uncertain who’s truly at fault, or if there’s even one singular person to blame. And finally, I loved the underlying theme that even unintentional, seemingly insignificant actions and words can come back to haunt you, and the question the novel asks of just how far you can set yourself up to fall until you do. In short, People Like Us is the type of thriller that will leave your mind whirling and force you to go back and hunt through the pages for every sign you missed.

People Like Us was published recently so be sure to check it out! 


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