Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Mystery Monday: You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

Written by Keven O'Brien
July 26, 2016; 544 Pages
Pinnacle, Kensington
Genre: suspense, thriller, mystery, bullying, young adults

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

After the death of Andrea's sister and brother-in-law, she moves her nephew, Spencer to Seattle to start anew.  She meets Luke, a successful playwrite, and a few months later Andrea and Spencer move into his home.  Luke is newly divorced and brings with him his own baggage - a clingy wealthy ex-wife and a teenage son, Damon.
Damon is being bullied at school and is getting no help from the adults.  His only friend, Tanya, seems to purposely attracting the wrong attention which gives him a harder time.  When Damon cannot take it anymore he sets up an elaborate plan to get back at those who have wronged him, even if that means going down with them.

Things start to get worse for everyone close to Damon and Spencer is now the target of bullying.  Instead of blending in to forget his past, it is all unraveling and his secret may just be the tip of the iceberg for both Spencer and Andrea.
While I found this novel a bit long and elaborate, I also enjoyed the suspense and how it all unraveled.  It was a bit different and some of the turns had me readjusting some of my own conclusions.  The book opens with Andrea but soon it shifts more towards Spencer and other teens.  This is definitely a good beach read!  

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KEVIN O'BRIEN: Before his thrillers landed him on The New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector who worked all the live long day and wrote novels at night. He grew up on Chicago’s North Shore, the youngest of six children, and studied Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He moved to Seattle in 1980. His railroad job took him all over the Pacific Northwest, and he wrote most of his first novel in Best Westerns and Red Lions. The result, ACTORS (1987) was translated into three languages. He took the advice of author, Terry Brooks, who told him: “Don’t quit your railroad job until you’ve made enough money on your writing to support yourself for two years.” Kevin’s second book, ONLY SON (1997) was optioned for film rights thanks to interest from Tom Hanks. ONLY SON was also chosen by Reader’s Digest for their Select Editions—alongside John Grisham’s THE PARTNER. That same year, Kevin bid farewell to the railroads and began writing full time. His first thriller, THE NEXT TO DIE (2001) became a USA Today Bestseller. Three more USA Today bestselling thrillers followed, and then came THE LAST VICTIM (2005), which hit the New York Times Bestseller list and won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery. Kevin has continued to turn out New York Times best-selling thrillers, and his books have been translated into fourteen languages. Kevin is on the board of Seattle 7 Writers (www.seattle7writers.org) , a collective of bestselling, award-winning authors, dedicated to supporting literacy, writing and education. He’s burning the midnight oil while working on his 18th novel.
k (My Novelesque Life)

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