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Unintended ConsequencesUnintended Consequences by Marti Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent legal thriller.

It’s been nineteen years since George Calhoun was arrested and sentenced to death for the murder of his daughter after her body was found burned beyond recognition in the woods. Only he insists that he’s innocent, and the body isn’t his daughter’s at all. In a final, desperate attempt to clear his name, he contacts the organization HIPP (Help Innocent Prisoners Project) help him. After taking on his case, though reluctantly at first, HIPP attorney Dani comes to believe his story after hearing what really happened so long ago. Nineteen years is a long time, however, and the courts aren’t willing to let a convict go so easily.

Though I had my suspicions on whom the real culprit was, it was still a race against the clock to see if the rest of the characters were able to uncover the truth in time. Tommy and Dani’s characters were probably my favorites, though all of them had likable and believable qualities. The plot built quickly, especially once the truth was revealed. I flew through the last half of book. Wonderful suspense, an intriguing plot – I definitely look forward to more from this author.

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The Night She DisappearedThe Night She Disappeared by April Henry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I will say that it’s geared for older teen readers, as it definitely deals with some dark subject matter and mature themes, but it was quite the journey. I walked into this story thinking that it would be centered around the mystery of who had taken Kayla, but instead I was captivated by the intertwining stories and characters. It was told from multiple points of view, which I’m usually not a fan of reading, but this author delivered it perfectly, in my opinion.

I enjoyed watching the sweet relationship grow between Gabie and Drew as they discovered what it’s like to start falling in love. The awkwardness of being the age that they are, the thoughts and insecurities that they felt, all wrapped around the fact that their friend is missing and could be dead. I flew through the last few chapters. I simply had to know what happened and how it was going to end up.

I also appreciated that everything took place in Portland, Oregon, as I’m a native Oregonian and enjoyed reading about the familiar landscapes. (Though it was creepy to think of a kidnapper walking the streets that I’ve walked before.)

Excellent all around and beautifully done. One of my favorite books this year.

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