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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408815516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408815519
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,935 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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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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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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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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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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When I picked up Killing Rachel, I didn't realise that it was a second in a series. In fact, I had no idea until I came to write this review and saw that it was #2. There isn't much in the opening that gives any indication that things have come before it, but I say this because it might go some way to explain why I found it so difficult to get into this book.

I've been picking at this a few pages at a time for weeks, not really settling into it and getting through it at any rate until I was more than 50% through. The opening seemed to really drag its feet, and I found it difficult to engage with either of the two mysteries because there just wasn't any excitement involved. Working towards solving the mysteries involved lots of talking to people and reading books and not doing a great deal.

It didn't help that I found Rose horribly unengaging. She was aloof and cold, even towards Joshua, who she was supposed to love. On the one hand, I could sort of understand it - she'd lost her mother, and it's later revealed that she had some difficult times at school. But at the same time, when Rachel cried to her for help, she was cold and dismissive of her, and didn't say anything to anyone about it until much later, by which time it was too late. (Not a spoiler - it's in the title.) While it's believable, it doesn't make for the sort of character you want to spend any time with.

When action started taking place, things did pick up a bit, but answers were once again discovered by talking and reading, which sapped any momentum out. And I realised when I got to about 75% through that there was no way that the central mystery of Rose and Joshua's parents would be wrapped up.
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Rose's mother and Joshua's father have disappeared. To everyone else the case is closed and the couple are believed dead. But to Rose and Josh there is a question mark hovering over everything. Josh strives to decipher the puzzling `murder notebooks' and Rose continues to hold onto the hope that she will see her mother again.

Rose starts to receive letters from a girl she used to be friends with. Rachel is insistent that Rose calls her, she has information she needs to tell her that is of the utmost importance. At first Rose dismisses the letters as a nuisance. Rose ended their friendship a long time ago and feels no need to resurrect it...especially when she knows that Rachel lies.

But then Rose learns of Rachel's death. Unable to shake the feeling that she somehow let her down, Rose goes back to her old school to learn what she can. After all, sometimes we must go back in order to move forward. Josh takes Rose on the journey, not knowing that both will discover unthinkable truths.

Killing Rachel was a taut, well-paced story. It was a decent page-turner, and will whet the appetite for all budding crime novel lovers. This sequel continued the series nicely, and left the reader wanting more.
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