Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: The Dead Girls Detective Agency
I had previously heard a lot of positive feedback prior to reading this but honestly I was slightly disappointed. The book started off fast-paced but from then on it went steadily downhill. The author had so much opportunity and freedom with the story and yet she chose to have the classic cliche- teen falls for a boy, boy falls for girl, relationship slowly dies then girl finds another boy- and so on so on.
I did however enjoy the way Suzy Cox portrayed the characters, making Nancy and Lorna in particular, burst to life. I felt that even though the storyline was extremely disappointing, the characters made up for that. Suzy shows Edison as a torturted bad boy with a hanuted past (no pun intended), whilst Tess is portrayed with having anger issues and is slightly mentally unstable. I have included the blurb for this book below.
Solving the mystery behind your death can be murder. Charlotte wakes up at Hotel Atessa, home to murdered New York teenagers and HQ of The Dead Girls Detective Agency. Before she has time to adjust to her new, erm, dead self, she’s thrust into the arms of her new afterlife companions, Lorna, Nancy and the cute – if slightly hostile – dead boy, Eddison. But where does this leave Charlotte and her boyfriend David? Is it possible to have a long-distance relationship from beyond the grave? The only way out of this limbo is to figure out who killed her, or she’ll have to spend eternity here. But who could hate her enough to want her dead?
Despite the drab storyline and the cliches, overall I found this book enjoyable to read, no matter the constant irony. And finally, I rate this book three stars with the age requirement set at 12 ages.