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The Dare

The Dare
Hannah Jayne
Sourcebooks Fire, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Bryn did everything with her best friend Erica. So when someone dared Erica to jump off the pier one night at Harding Beach, Bryn was right by her side. But when Bryn made it back to the surface, Erica was nowhere to be found. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But when a Twitter post from "EricaNShaw" pops up on her feed and a chilling voice mail appears on her phone, she realizes that someone isn't ready to let go of the past...

This book was exactly what I needed to break out of my reading rut. It was a good, suspenseful mystery. It reminded me of the old RL Stine books that I used to read. I read it very quickly and I needed to know if Bryn was imagining something or if someone was torturing her. Everything makes sense when you get to the end.

I felt like most of the focus was on Bryn’s experiences, not who she was as a character. Normally, this would drive me crazy, but it worked really well for this book. The mystery drove the plot forward, not how the character needed to change. She had already gone through big changes in her life when the book started and was trying to do better. Something or someone kept blocking that, though...

Who doesn’t love a good, spooky story?! When I saw the rating on Goodreads, I was shocked. I liked this a lot, and thinks it deserves more stars than that. Don’t miss this one!