This Is Our Storyby Ashley Elston
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 15th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.
“I did not see that coming”
How often can you say that about a mystery, or about any book these days? Hey, how about a young adult book? Well, have I got a book for you! This is one of my top books of 2016 and I don’t normally gravitate towards mysteries. Put that in your bonnet.
This Is Our Story is a small town murder mystery set in Louisiana. Kate Marino and her mother live a quiet existence. Kate’s mom works at the District Attorney’s Office as a secretary and Kate is interning there as work study during her senior year in high school. Things are about to get interesting in the Attorney’s Office when the town is shattered in half by the death of a prominent high school senior.
Grant Perkins was one of five boys, best friends and inseparable for years. All five from affluent families, they had a lot in common. Money, girls, toys, booze, drugs, and parties were the things these boys enjoyed on the weekends. One weekend party got out of control, fights broke out, but in the end everything seemed fine. Until the next morning’s hunting trip ended with one boy dead from a gunshot. And the way it went down, none of the boys know who did it.
Except the one who pulled the trigger, and he’s one of the POVs we get at the beginning of most chapters. As the reader, part of the mystery is figuring out who-dunnit. The other part of the mystery is finding out if the person (or persons?) responsible will be brought to justice. In this small parish in Louisiana, that might not be so easy.
I absolutely loved the format of this story! Besides the “anonymous” POV from the “killer” at the beginning of each chapter, there are short instant messaging conversations between Kate and, err, others, that give insight into the mood of the upcoming chapter.
Corruption, bullying, and a side mystery of “what’s in a graphic photo of three girls & what is up with that?” had me continuously reading this story, rarely putting it down, if only to recharge my iPad’s battery. There’s even a sweet romance (say what?!?!)
And the big reveal? I did not see that coming…