Title: Killing Time
Author: Brenna Ehrlich
Publication: March 8, 2022
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Teens, YA Fiction, Mystery
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Summer in Ferry, Connecticut, has always meant long, lazy days at the beach and wild nights partying in the abandoned mansions on the edge of town. Until now, that is.
Natalie Temple, who’s never been one for beaches or parties in the first place, is reeling from the murder of her favorite teacher, and there’s no way this true-crime-obsessed girl is going to sit back and let the rumor mill churn out lie after lie—even if she has to hide her investigation from her disapproving mom and team up with the new boy in town…
But the more Natalie uncovers, the more she realizes some secrets were never meant to be told.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I love YA Fiction and I love a good murder mystery and Killing Time by Brenda Ehrlich definitely has both. Right off the bat you get to jump in to the main character, Natalie. She seems interesting and a lot like myself, honestly. I instantly liked her for her love of true crime and overall personality. However, I instantly disliked her mother. Strong feelings about characters right off the bat means good writing. It takes a lot to make you feel strongly about someone and Ehrlich did it quickly.
The overall story flowed and gave away little tidbits of information that had you guessing around on what happened and who is guilty. I went back and forth between some of the characters being totally clear to thinking they obviously must have done it and back again. Ehrlich wrote a great mystery that wasn’t super easy to solve. I think the side characters added a lot to the story and built some layers so it wasn’t always the same person the whole time. I really enjoyed the pace of the story and didn’t feel like it was too slow or too fast.
If you are a fan of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, then Killing Time is right up your alley. This gives that same YA Fiction, Who-Dunnit, teenager on the case vibe, but still stands as a uniquely I look forward to checking out more from Brenna Ehrlich in the future. I have faith she will stump me again.