Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.
Dead Girls Don't Lie was a great mystery that kept me interested in what was going to happen next. If I hadn't started reading it at a time when I was busy, then I definitely would have read it quicker. I was not able to guess who was the murderer, so that was a big surprise.
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Jaycee was a good character who does a lot of good mystery detecting. After her best friend, Rachel, dies, she changes from the person she was before. She believes that Rachel's death was no accident, and she is determined to know who was responsible for Rachel's murder. Before the murder, Jaycee was good and always was a rule-follower. A few months before Rachel's death, Jaycee got into a fight with her over a boy, and they stopped being friends. Jaycee feels guilty after the death because Rachel tried to call her several times on the night she died. Jaycee didn't answer any of the calls because she was busy making out with a boy named Skyler. She thinks that Rachel wouldn't have died if she had answered the phone calls.
One of the people that Jaycee meets in this book is Eduardo. Rachel leaves a message for Jaycee telling her to only trust Eduardo. She doesn't know Eduardo, so she isn't sure what to think about him. I wasn't sure what to think either, at first. Jaycee's dad would tell her not to trust him. He is very protective of her, especially after what happened to Rachel. In the end, I thought Eduardo was a good character and a good guy. He was there for Jaycee when she needed him. They definitely had some misunderstandings, since he assumed that Jaycee thought badly of him for being Mexican. She thought that he was making unfair assumptions about her when he didn't actually know her. It took time for them to really trust each other.
Skyler and Evan are interesting characters, and there are some things about them that I can't really talk about without giving spoilers. Evan is the boy that Jaycee used to like, and the boy that caused the fight between Jaycee and Rachel. Skyler is the boy who Jaycee starts a relationship with after Rachel's death. She realizes that it was silly of her to like Evan, since he's more shallow, and Skyler is a better guy for her. Skyler seems like a sweet guy. Through some investigating that Jaycee does, she finds out some stuff about Skyler, Evan, and a twisted ritual of the high school football team. It was really an awful ritual to go through to join a sports team.
If you like YA contemporary mystery, read this book.