Henry Holt and Co., 2016
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: All Teens
When a woman’s body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward teen who lives only a few blocks away, owns several knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of a Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence. How is this even possible? And can Alexis and Ruby find a way to help clear Nick’s name before it’s too late?
Oh, this book was so action-packed and suspenseful, it was fantastic. Seriously. Readers can skip book one in the series, The Body in the Woods, if they need a quick read. They won’t miss a ton about the characters, and the mystery in Blood Will Tell was far more interesting. Occasionally, there was a small plot hole, but in the sense that I’m old thinking, “Oh, a teenager would never get away with that,” or “Why didn’t they just dial 911 instead of calling the detective directly?” Overall, it was a book that I will definitely recommend to all teens in need of a good mystery.