- 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)
Killing Rachel: The Murder Notebooks Paperback – 14 Mar 2013
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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)
A stylish thriller perfect for aspiring teen readers of crime. The Murder Notebooks have to be read - even if it's fatal . . .See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Arrived quickly and well wrapped.. great book .. thank you very muchPublished 7 months ago by isabelle rablin
I enjoyed reading this book. It was thrilling and has a lot of suspense. I would recommend it to everyone.Published 21 months ago by Mrs. T. Ali
Amazing grips you all the way. All the other crimes solved except the one. Rose in locks so many answers. Must read seriesPublished on 27 April 2014 by emma
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... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by Eywin
This book gave me a mix of emotions at first the story starts of calmly but then things start to get serious. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2013 by Mehnaam
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!Published on 7 Sept. 2013 by Naomi