Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series meets the cult classic film Fargo in this gripping, dark comedy by debut author Kathleen Hale.
A quiet town like Friendship, Wisconsin, keeps most of its secrets buried . . . but when local teen Ruth Fried is found murdered in a cornfield, her best friend, Kippy Bushman, decides she must uncover the truth and catch the killer. Since the police aren't much help, Kippy looks to her newly discovered idol, journalist Diane Sawyer, for tips on how to conduct her investigation. But Kippy soon discovers, if you want to dig up the truth, your hands have to get a little dirty, don'tcha know.
In this riveting young adult novel, Kathleen Hale creates a quirky murder mystery that is intricately plotted and sure to keep readers guessing, laughing, and cringing until the surprising final pages. "Can a murder mystery be funny? You betcha!" raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
Sixteen-year-old Kippy Bushman lives in Friendship, Wis., population 688 about half of whom seem to make an appearance in this thriller/murder mystery. When Kippy's best friend, Ruth, is brutally murdered, the town is certain that Ruth's football star boyfriend is the culprit. But Kippy who has been given Ruth's revealing and unflattering diary and Ruth's recently discharged brother, Davey, aren't so sure. They team up to find the real killer in an idiosyncratic and sometimes puzzling whodunit. Hale's over-the-top characters will make readers both cringe and chuckle, including painfully awkward Kippy herself, who is like a prettier version of the dorky, clueless Sue Heck on The Middle. Hale doesn't let readers forget they're in a quirky, small Midwestern town, don'tcha know, and the colloquialisms wear after a while. But the mystery behind Ruth's death (and behind Ruth herself, whose hard and soft edges come through in her diary) are enough to hold interest. A sweetly amusing romance between Kippy and Davey is another nice touch, and the last few pages are nail-biters, you betcha. A Full Fathom Five property. Ages 14 up.
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Funny and great plot....
It made me laugh and kept me guessing to the end. It was a fast read because I just couldn't put it down. It was too good to put down.
Really great read!