Drawing Conclusions or Drafting Disaster? Other than harboring a somewhat obsessive fondness for Crispix and completely swearing-off boys after a bad date (don’t ask), sixteen-year-old Kate Carter is about as ordinary as they come, except for her two notable talents: art and sarcasm. After an introduction to forensic sketching in her elective art class, Kate discovers a third and most unexpected gift: criminal profiling. Her photo-quality sketch helps the police catch a wanted murderer and earns her celebrity status in South Woodhaven Falls. But when that murderer appears to be using his friends to exact revenge, Kate goes from local hero to possible target. Will she manage to survive? Will life ever be normal again? And will local news anchor Ted Deffle ever stop sending her flowers?
Erynn Mangum ticks all the boxes with her latest release aimed at teens, but still a story I adored, too. With a more serious storyline than her previous Lauren Holbrook and Maya Davis novels, Sketchy Behavior remains imprinted with Erynn’s trademark humour, spot on first person voice and a spiritual message. Particularly appealing is the focus on the mystery element which makes it perfect for readers looking for something other than a romance for this age group. The interaction between Kate and her parents is authentic as Kate’s perception of them alters as danger comes close. Kate is an engaging character, witty, quirky and honest. I’d love more stories about Kate, her best friend Maddy, Detective Masterson and Silent Justin ~ here’s hoping!
Thanks to Zondervan for my review copy via NetGalley
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