“Look around. Look at everyone else,” Shaila whispered into the huddle. “They wish they were us.”
Rating: 3/5 stars
In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.
Freshman year Jill’s best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on.
Now, it’s Jill’s senior year and she’s determined to make it her best yet. After all, she’s a senior and a Player–a member of Gold Coast Prep’s exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill’s year. She’s sure of it.
But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham’s innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn’t kill Shaila, who did? Jill is vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.
If you’re looking for a fast paced mystery/thriller to cozy up with this fall They Wish They Were Us is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I mean, an elite prep school, murder, secrets, betrayals, and the future completely at stake? Sign me up, we love some drama in this house. And even though I didn’t totally love this one I still really enjoyed my time spent reading it and pretty much devoured this book since it’s so hard to put it down. For a debut author I thought this was a lot of fun and I would definitely pick up more from her in the future.
They Wish They Were Us is told through the past – when Jill’s best friend was still alive – and in the present where Jill is now a senior and still trying to cope with the loss of her best friend. Jill has basically everything she could ever want in a high school experience since she’s a Player which gives her extra perks to her already elite prep school – popularity, an in to the best parties, the answers to any test she’ll have to take, and adults who are basically willing to look away at any wrongdoings. But when Jill starts receiving text messages that her best friends murderer is innocent and her real murderer is still on the loose Jill can’t let it go and is willing to give up a lot more than her high school perks if it means getting the right person behind bars. It’s a story filled with twists and turns where even the most innocent characters have a few dirty secrets up their sleeve that they’d rather no one find out about.
So, where did the story fall a little lack luster for me? I found this to be rather predictable. I posted a Goodreads update at 22% that I was pretty sure I already knew who the killer was and as it turns out I was right. Normally, I’m pretty good with guessing who the culprit is and I truly don’t mind because there’s always so much potential when it comes to the build up on what their motive was but unfortunately, the motive department felt a little lacking too. Other than that though I really enjoyed this one, between the characters, the pacing, and the smaller plot twists there’s a lot to keep readers their toes while flying through this!
Until next time,