Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool.
But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.
Do you like mystery with a touch of teenage gossip and drama? Then this is most definitely the book for you. Balancing both the aspect of being a teen with the key features of a who did it mystery, Deadly Cool truly worked without being too heavy, keeping it's cool (I'm sorry, I had to use that pun). It featured a likable protagonist who was trying to solve the murder of a girl who was cheating with her boyfriend to clear said boyfriend's name. With that killer (I'm just full of puns today!) plot down, the writing was the next layer in the success of this story, light and funny the reader was able to feel suspense as well as laugh even in the darkest of times. Hartley was a very enjoyable character; snarky and witty, she fed the humorous aspect of the book and fit the traits of my ideal protagonist to a T. There were two clear romantic interests for Hartley, one being her cheating ex that she wasn't quite over and the other being the bad boy Chase who she definitely had feelings for. Of the two, Chase was more enjoyable, being a bad boy with a moral compass, rather than just being a stereotypical character. The only flaw in this book would be the fact that several key plot points were predictable, even when they were supposed to be game changing moments. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to see what Hartley gets up to in the next book, but until then, I give Deadly Cool a 4/5.