ARC REVIEW: Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
TITLE: Gone Too Far
AUTHOR: Natalie D. Richards
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE: YA > Mystery
PAGES: 304pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
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Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…
This is definitely one of my fastest read this year. It made my heart race, it kept me guessing and it made me stay up all night. It made me forget that I have a bladder and that I have to feed myself. I don’t know about you but those are signs of a good and brilliant book. This is my first from Natalie D. Richards and I honestly don’t know why. I’ve read good things about her first novel, Six Months Later and I can’t wait to be lost again in the mystery of that novel.
Piper is an interesting MC. She’s smart and creative and full of understandable flaws. When it comes to mystery/thriller books, main characters are really important because they have to voice out what the readers are thinking. It is pure torture if the MC are irritating and not asking the obvious questions. Thank the book gods that Piper is not like that. The other supporting characters are well crafted as well. I suspected everyone to be honest.
But of course, the mystery is the reason that Gone Too Far is a success. Natalie’s writing is really easy to get lost into. Like I mentioned above, this is a fast red for me. I stayed up all night. And when I guessed who the culprit was and found out in the end that I was right, I did my weird celebratory dance in the middle of the night (and the world will never know) Gone Too Far also showed how high school can mess up someone. I was never a fan of high school and I’m pretty much trying to forget those years but I’m still thankful that I did not end up like the culprit.
Overall, Gone Too Far is really a brilliant and exceptional book. The plot is well thought, the characters are believable and if you’re looking for a stay-up-all-night-forget-everything kind of read, this is it!
At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn’t dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he’s the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you’ll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.