by Jennifer Brown
To be published by Harper Teen
on February 14, 2017
Source: eARC for review
Synopsis from Goodreads: Nikki Kill didn’t realize that trying to find out who killed Peyton Hollis would tangle her in a web of dangerous family secrets that would rock her identity to the core. But now that Nikki knows the truth, the all-powerful Hollises want to frame her for Peyton’s murder.
And now Nikki’s only chance at escaping the cold black bars of prison or the crimson grip of death is teaming up with the enigmatic Detective Martinez and relying on an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of clues....
My take: I'm a mystery fan and a fan of noir-type stories, so I have definitely enjoyed these books. Nikki is a teen with synesthesia who has a pretty complicated life. In the first installment of the series, she's investigating a murder and finding out some family secrets. Pretty much the same in this installment. She's snooping around and also sort-of flirting with the attractive young detective who's working the case.
These books aren't going to be for everyone. They don't feature the kind of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat. They remind me a lot of Veronica Mars, if you're a fan of that kind of thing - I am! Like Veronica, Nikki is a bit of a smart ass. Like Veronica, Nikki has a nose for trouble and a complicated love life.
Give these books a try if you're looking for a mystery with that Veronica flair!