Review: The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

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Title: The Girl in the Picture
Author: Alexandra Monir
Pub. Date: November 2016
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Description:

Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things—the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The girl in the picture.

After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him—and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder.

What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him?

In alternating points of view—that of suspect Nicole Morgan and that of Lana Rivera—and weaving between present-day, flashbacks, and the characters’ surreal subconscious, The Girl in the Picture is a unique tale of teen friendship, romance, and deadly secrets.


The Review

I thought this would be a cute who-done-it. When I first started reading it, my curiosity got the best of me and I couldn’t put it down! The only time I put the book down was when I was too tired to keep reading.

Aside from the typical who-done-it, there was a slight paranormal twist. The premise of The Girl in the Picture was slightly predictable and a little unoriginal. That didn’t bother me, really, but worth mentioning all the same. I usually never see the twist of a who-done-it until it’s actually revealed, so I didn’t see it coming with this book either.

The writing was good, but it became a little hard to follow when it was divided into three perspectives: Lana & Chace, Nicole & Chace, and Lana & Nicole. It went from current events of finding Chace’s body and tracking down the suspect, to the year prior to before everything happened and watching things fall into place the previous year. Just the way it was written was hard to tell if we were in the past or the future in some regards.

I actually liked most of the characters, even the unlikable characters. They had some spunk and personality, and weren’t completely one dimensional.

One of the things I was more interested in finding out is how Nicole got her scar. I wanted to know who killed Chace, obviously, but something about Nicole’s scar really made me keep reading. The story behind why Chace was killed was so obvious (once everything was revealed, so I guess maybe not?) but very cliché.

A quick read for anyone who likes a good mystery with a little paranormal tossed in for extra measure, with believable characters – all set in a boarding/prep school environment (which I love!)

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