BOOK REVIEW: Confessions About Colton by Olivia Harvard

Title: Confessions About Colton
Author: Olivia Harvard
Publication: March 3, 2020
Publisher:  Wattpad Books
Genre: Teen & YA Fiction
Pages: 360

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Seven letters, seven confessions, seven clues.

Colton Crest was the Golden Boy of Hampton High. However, during May, he mysteriously disappeared and returned like nothing ever happened. Something went wrong during the months he was gone which forced him to live life on the run. But whatever he was trying to escape from, eventually caught up to him.

On the night before graduation, he was found in the local lake. Dead. And on the day of his funeral, his closest companion, Elliot Parker, finds a letter hidden in his jacket pocket; a letter that leads to six more until he’s left with seven. Seven mind-boggling confessions about Colton. All written by his killer.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Confessions About Colton caught my attention first because of the sound of the description. I love a good mystery and when you put that in a teen or young adult setting, I feel it gives it a new, interesting spin. Confessions About Colton did not disappoint me.

Right off the bat, I love Elliot. He is an interesting character and I liked how this story was from his point of view. Author Olivia Harvard did a great job of getting into a teenage boys head. His behavior and reactions are spot on. The story itself was unique and one I had not read before. The idea of a killer sending notes to a kid and making him follow clues to find the killer of his best friend? I was suspect of EVERYONE. I had guessed so many characters were the killer throughout this book, yet I never guessed the person it ended up being. Mind… blown!

I love how Harvard gave you enough information to make you think you knew what was going to happen or who the killer was, but you really never knew. Not for sure anyway. I loved all the supporting characters and the parents. I liked the different types of grief Harvard showed us from different characters and how they related to Colton.

While you may think this is just another YA Mystery, I must say I found it better than a lot I have read. It was deep. It was emotional. It was suspenseful. Everything a good mystery should be. It made me think and gave nothing away. My hat is off to Harvard. Lovers of YA or lovers of mystery and suspense should definitely check this out.


Pick up a copy of Confession About Colton by Olivia Harvard on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished.

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