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Killing Rachel: The Murder Notebooks [Paperback]

Anne Cassidy
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14 Mar 2013 Murder Notebooks

Rose's mother and Joshua's father have disappeared. Police inquiries have gone nowhere and the case, it seems, is closed: Rose and Joshua have been told that the police believe their parents are dead. But Rose and Joshua still hold out hope that they are alive. Joshua is determined to follow up his own inquiries, which includes working out the meaning of the cryptic notebooks - the murder notebooks - they have discovered. Then Rose is distracted by odd, desperate messages she receives from Rachel, a former best friend from her school, followed by the terrible news that Rachel is dead. But perhaps Rachel's death will provide one more piece of the puzzle about what has happened to Rose and Joshua's parents . . .

A taut and pacy thriller in The Murder Notebooks series, from an acclaimed writer for teens.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408815516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408815519
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As in all good YA books, Cassidy fills her story with teenage awkwardness and simmering emotions . . . Any young adult fan reading this will certainly not feel they have spent any dead time with this author (Susan May Suspense Magazine)

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A stylish thriller perfect for aspiring teen readers of crime. The Murder Notebooks have to be read - even if it's fatal . . .

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I urge you to dive into this intriguing series! 19 Mar 2013
I really love this new series, The Murder Notebooks, by Anne Cassidy. The first book in the series, Dead Time, was my first introduction to Anne Cassidy's novels, and I will certainly pick up her backlist on the strength of these two books. I really love the idea behind the books, but especially the characters.

The Murder Notebooks series is based around the disppearance of Rose and Joshua's parents many years ago. Both Rose's mum and Joshua's dad were police officers working cold cases and were all set to get married and make the four of them into a proper family. But one day, the two disappear, presumed dead and Rose and Joshua are shipped off to different areas of the country. Then Joshua gets in contact with Rose and together with Joshua's roommate, Skeggsy, they begin to piece together the events of many years ago and try to get to the bottom of the disappearance of their parents.

This series is really wonderfully done, with a fast pace, great characters, an exciting murder to solve and really tantalising clues about their parents and what they could have been up to. I was very, very excited to read the second book in the series, Killing Rachel, and as soon as the book arrived, I dove into it immediately. Rose and Joshua are really brilliant characters. I especially love Rose's confusion about her feelings for Joshua. They spent several years together as step-siblings but have spent the last 5 years away from each other. And while Rose still values Joshua as a missing family member, she's also feeling jealous over the time he spends with another girl and is beginning to realise that she doesn't see him quite as a brother any longer.

But really, this relationship between Rose and Joshua is quite a small but important storyline in something much bigger.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 23 Feb 2013
Excellent follow up to first in the Murder Notebooks series. A subsidiary mystery enclosed in the central and ongoing mystery set up in Book 1. Follows the successful pattern of TV series in having separate stories within an overarching theme.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely enthralling- Killing Rachel! 16 Mar 2013
By Claire
I have eagerly awaited this novel. It's fantastic how everything is being pieced together. I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait for the third novel in the series! Please let us know when it will be published. Also, will Josh and Rose get together?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Anne Cassidy 5 April 2013
By Jan
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This is the second book in the excellent Murder Notebooks series and I definitely urge readers to read "Dead Time" before this one. There are two reasons for this. Firstly it's really good read and secondly, you will know all about Rose and Joshua's situation and so you can get right into this new part of the story straight away. Rose and her almost-stepbrother, Joshua, have now learned that their parents are probably still alive and Joshua, in particular, is very keen to find out more, even though it is clearly going to be dangerous. Rose wants to tread more cautiously and anyway she has her mind on another problem regarding an old school friend who has died in mysterious circumstances and she would like to understand what happened. I have always loved Anne Cassidy's books for teenage readers. Her characters are well drawn and believable, the plots are imaginative and satisfying and her books are deservedly very popular in the school library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 27 April 2014
By emma
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Amazing grips you all the way. All the other crimes solved except the one. Rose in locks so many answers. Must read series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting! 11 Feb 2014
By Bullen
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This is the very exciting sequel to "Dead Time" and I would recommend it to anyone in the need to buy a sour teenager something exciting (although start with the first book, they have to be read in order)
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!! 2 Oct 2013
By Mehnaam
Format:Kindle Edition
This book gave me a mix of emotions at first the story starts of calmly but then things start to get serious. Rose and her stepbrother Joshua are desperately looking fot their parents. This then gets all worse for Rose because she gets a terrrible news. Her old freind from Mary Linton boarding school had died. Her name was Rachel. Rose had to find the answer of two murders that were yet to solve. But then she and Joshua get the news that their parents are still alive! They need to work together to try and clear the mystery of their parents while at the same time Rose had to solve the mystery of her ex-best freind Rachel. As she gets closer to the answer of Rachel's death a new chapter opens revealing new characters that Rose had seen before and some that she had never seen. Will Rose and Joshua find the answers of their parents death and will Rose find out if Rachel's death really had been a coincidence?
Buy this book and be sure that this book is not a waste of money!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 7 Sep 2013
By Naomi
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I loved how the story continues and the hunt for Rose and Joshua's parents develops. Just like Dead Time, Killing Rachel is a page turner! Can't wait for the next one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Killing Rachel
A good book, not completely captivating and worth five stars, not ok-ish, but it had me longing to know what happens in the next book of the series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lydia Crawford & David Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I would definitely recommend this book to others; it is tense, thrilling and you spend the whole book trying to solve the mystery. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ropedog
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, well written
Rose's mother and Joshua's father have disappeared. To everyone else the case is closed and the couple are believed dead. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pamela Roach
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda Crap
I hope people have enough sense to NOT buy this book. It was really just a disappointment and a waste of money. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kelly vancamp
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I really did enjoy this book. it was great just like the first book, and they go together well with good plots
Published 14 months ago by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This was an ok book, nothing really exciting happened. It felt like a book for an adolescent. With no conclusion at the end.
Published 14 months ago by jenny l
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
My 12 year old daughter that doesn't like reading couldn't put this book down. She says it is the best series she has ever read
Published 14 months ago by Megan A Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Start
I initially found this an awkward book to get into. Viewed through a whole series of flash backs and recollections, this story unfolds at a leisurely pace, slowly pealing way many... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Mouse
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - but not more than OK
I'm a bit disappointed by Killing Rachel. I really enjoyed Dead Time, the previous book in this series, and was interested in knowing how Joshua and Rose's search for their parents... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Auradale
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