Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets – Chelsea Ichaso

            Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets – Chelsea Ichaso, Sourcebooks, 2022. 9781728255972 

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

Format: Paperback ARC

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book? Savannah’s younger sister, Piper, is in a coma in the hospital after falling off a cliff that is assumed to have been a suicide attempt – but not by Savannah, her parents or her friends.  The police won’t investigate so Savannah must do it herself.  Piper, though a little younger, is her parent’s favorite.  She is brilliant, charismatic, a star.  Savannah is not, except for soccer, which still does not impress her parents.  She is feeling guilty about Piper as she did something that caused her sister to get suspended right before her fall.  Was Piper pushed and, if so, who did it?  As Savannah investigates, there is one red herring after another.  No one seems to be what they seem nor does anyone seem to be completely innocent.

The story is tied nicely together without being even remotely predictable.  Characters seem authentic and believable.  One girl is described as “brown-skinned”, otherwise race is not mentioned.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who like Who-dun-its, mysteries not easily figured out with a lot of intrigue, suspense and slightly thriller will appreciate this one.

Who should buy this book? High school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction/Mystery

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: November 23, 2021

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