To Catch A Killer

To Catch A Killer

eBook - 2017
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In To Catch a Killer , a contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses forensic science to solve the cold-case murder of her mother. Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case?which remains unsolved?fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past. Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own. Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
ISBN: 9781466885486
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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'To Catch a Killer' by Sheryl Scarborough is a mystery novel that follows the story of Erin Blake, a teenager whose mother was murdered when she was 3. Her father's identity a mystery (hehe, mystery), she was taken in by her mother's best friend, but her questions about her past have not changed. When she finds the body of her biology teacher 14 years later, she is once again linked to another crime. However, she is convinced the killer has struck again to prevent her from finding him. Erin has been doing her own investigations about her mother's case for years, and she's finally close. But she needs the help of her friends and her crush, Journey Michaels, to help her get to the bottom of this.
Overall, the book was very good at building up the suspense near the end and set up the climax. The book was paced nicely, and nothing felt rushed. There were many clues throughout the book, as well as some red herrings. I personally did not expect who the killer was when he was revealed, and the book did a good job at hiding it, although when I did go back to read the beginning, I could see some of the clues. The way the killer completed his murders was explained well at the end, and made sense how it could happen. I also liked the relationship dynamic between Erin and her friends, Spam and Lysa, as well as how her relationship with Journey was built up, but I wish the Erin-Journey thing was a bit slower, as I find it kinda unrealistic how fast they became that close after Journey hating her for a bit at the beginning.
Also, I believe the title of the book could be changed to a more interesting/less-cliché title. I still enjoyed the book though. I would give this book a 4 out of 5, and I recommend it to fans of crime thrillers or mystery books, and to an audience of teens 13 and older.
(Reviewed by Sean Y. for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject.)

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ReaderErin
Mar 29, 2017

Quick, and easy mystery.

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May 24, 2017

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ReaderErin
Mar 29, 2017

"I wish I could wave a magic wand and make you understand that none of the past has anything to do with who you are."

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