Author: Sarah Strohmeyer.
Published: May 13th 2014 by Balzer + Bray.
Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like. But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper. So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects. As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.
Lily is working on the graveyard when she is attacked by Erin. She is accused of stealing Erin’s boyfriend, Matt, who is a good friend of her. When Erin is found dead in her tub the next day, suicide, people gossip that it’s Lily’s fault. That is until Lily finds out that the police think she has been killed. Lily hopes to clean her Matt’s name when the police points them out as main suspects.
I never felt connected to Lily, Matt or the romance. Erin was a raving lunatic and the only characters I really liked were the secondary family members – who play little roles in the story. I think the author tried to make Lily a bit goofy. She dresses ‘strange’, she grew up in a moratorium where her family works and all the things she does are supposed to be different, but it felt a little forced to me. I was shown how Lily was, instead of feeling. I also didn’t like how she went behind her mothers back by meeting Matt in secret. It was great that she believed in him, but based on evidence I would’ve stayed away from him.
The mystery was never very engaging to me. I could care less whether they found the murderer, because I never felt any tension. Based on the blurb I thought there might be more victims or at least a treat, but nothing happens. I also thought it was strange how a teenage girl is capable of finding more information than the police. It was also far too convenient how Lily finds out that Erin is murdered. I hope it’s not something that happens in real life; because her mother’s boyfriend (who is part of the investigation) mailed her mother some inside secret information?
This is actually all I have to say about the book. It’s disappointing.