Audio Book Review: How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine
Publisher’s Book Description: Alice Lawrence is the sole witness in her sister’s murder trial.
And in the year since Claire’s death, Alice’s life has completely fallen apart. Her parents have gotten divorced, she’s moved into an apartment that smells like bologna, and she is being forced to face her sister’s killer and a courtroom full of people who doubt what she saw in the corn maze a year prior.
Claire was an all-American girl, beautiful and bubbly, and a theater star. Alice was a nerd who dreamed of becoming a forensic pathologist and would rather stay at home to watch her favorite horror movies than party. Despite their differences, they were bonded by sisterhood and were each other’s best friends.
Until Claire was taken away from her.
On the first day of the murder trial, as Alice prepares to give her testimony, she is knocked out by a Sidney Prescott look-alike in the courthouse bathroom. When she wakes up, it is Halloween morning a year earlier, the same day Claire was murdered. Alice has until midnight to save her sister and find the real killer before he claims another victim.
Karen’s Thoughts: I listened to this audio book and I loved it! It was such an inventive thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing up until the very final reveal.
My teen and her friends have recently been watching the Scream movies and I can’t wait to get this book into their hands. It’s a play on Scream and that wink-wink-nudge-nudge play on horror movie tropes with some Groundhog Day intermixed in. There are tons of twists and turns, some of them quite shocking, including the final ending. It’s dark and twisted, and perfect for the spooky season and for your horror/thriller fans.
I highly recommend this book, get it into the hands of your Karen McManus fans asap.
I listened to the audio book, which was just released last week, and thought the reader did a really great job. My teen got in the car for a bit at one point and was disappointed to find out I had finished listening to it without her, she said she was really into it, and she hates audio books. But it’s an engaging story and the reader does a great job as well.
This book came out August 30th from Razorbill
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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