Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 15th 2016
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Five went in. Four came out.
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.
~ A group of 5 wealthy prep school boys go into the woods by a private hunting retreat. 1 of them is shot dead- accident or murder? The 4 survivors aren’t talking.
~In comes Kate (not me Kate, but book Kate). She works as a paid intern for one of the local prosecutors as part of her high school’s work program, which up until now has meant lots of filing. But when her boss unexpectedly gets the case to bring to the grand jury, he needs Kate’s help more than usual because he’s trying to hide his worsening eyesight so he isn’t forced out of the office. Which honestly sounds like an awesome job!
~ But the River Point boys (the name given to the prep boys, named after their hunting retreat) aren’t the only ones with secrets- Kate was texting the victim, and while they weren’t dating they were definitely flirting.
~ Kate’s a photographer for the high school newspaper, with dreams of being a photojournalist. While it’s literally her job to keep an eye on the murder suspects, Kate goes hardcore Harriet the Spy on them.
~ The River Point Boys present a united front to the world, but Kate’s camera catches the inner cracks of the group. The more dangerous it gets, the further Kate gets drawn in. Conveniently, Kate’s mom also works for the same prosecutor, so she’s not around too much to notice Kate’s new after-school hobby.
~ Things that didn’t work so well for me: Kate did a lot of really questionable things. Like not revealing her past with the victim- not to her mom, not to her boss, and not even to her bestie. And there were times she told a certain somebody something that just had me cringing because her work ethics suck. There were a few plot lines that kind of got dropped (in particular the pill plot) that I thought would have made the ending stronger, and I’m really curious as to what happened with Kate’s boss, his future and his eye condition are kind of dropped abruptly.
~ Things that worked really well for me: I really liked the mystery! There’s a really great twist that I can honestly say I didn’t see coming, but it made complete sense when things clicked into place. There’s also a few secondary mysteries and events that get tied up in the end and I liked how it all came together. I really liked the setting, and the high school Kate attends (along with the River Point boys once they get kicked out of their private school because they’re murder suspects) felt really alive- although everything from the cheerleaders to Reagan’s (Kate’s bestie) outfits were a million miles cooler than my own high school experience. Loved Pat’s fish fry trailer, and I don’t even like fish, but I really want to go there. And okay, okay, I liked the romance in the book too. 😉
~ So, over all, I really liked this book. Although this is definitely more mystery than horror, Kate did occasionally make some horror movie character level bad decisions.
There were a few. The twist really stands out, and then Kate’s final deduction had me on the edge of my (couch) seat. My heart was definitely in my throat a few times in this book!
Stop the Clock:
I’m so glad I borrowed this book from Kim (thanks, Kim)! It was a perfect Fall read. While it didn’t keep me up reading until midnight, I was really tired last night and had to stay up until almost ten, which is getting to feel more like midnight the older I get and the earlier I get up these days.
This Is Our Story gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
Kim also reviewed this book on her old blog, but she’s all smart and figured out how to move all her old reviews over to here, so you can read her review by clicking here.
#BloggersDressedInBlood Splatter Scale: 3 (out of 10): While there is a shooting death, it’s not an overly detailed death. There’s some fighting violence, but honestly the hardest thing to stomach was a photograph that was circulating on the internet involving teen girls in suggestive poses- taken without their knowledge or consent while they were possibly drugged or inebriated. That kind of shiz just feels all too real in this day and age.