And Then There Were Four – Nancy Werlin


        And Then There Were Four – Nancy Werlin, Dial Books, (9780803740723), 2017

Format: hardcover fiction

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  thriller/mystery

What did you like about the book? Five teens are brought together ostensibly to form a new leadership club at their school. After barely surviving one accident and then losing one of the five to another accident, the teens discover they are all being targeted for murder…by their parents. The book is narrated by two of the five, Caleb, whose father is a psychologist who brought all the parents together and Saralinda who is disabled and diabetic. Soon the teens are on the run for their lives and must depend on each other despite having just met. I loved the pace and the plot of this book. Once things got going it was hard to put down because I was interested to find out why the parents wanted to kill their children and wanted to see if the kids would survive the ordeal.

Anything you didn’t like about it? One of the narrators, Saralinda, has a tendency to run-on sentences. I think Werlin was trying to distinguish clearly between the two voices, but it was distracting and I kept wanting to put in periods and commas.

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend it to kids who enjoy mystery/thriller books like those by April Henry

Who should buy this book? middle schools with a high demand for mysteries and thrillers

Where would you shelve it ? Mystery

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No; it’s not my favorite book this year.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: June 20, 2017

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