Children’s Book Review: Review: Nothing More to Tell

There is actually a lot to say about nothing more to say. A murder mystery with plenty of red herrings, it also has a pretty sweet love story.

There is something for everyone! From the ‘Queen’ of the teen crime genre, this book is a book worth bingeing on with your best friends.

nothing more to say It is told (somewhat ironically) alternately in the voices of Brynn and Tripp, two teenagers whose lives are reconnected when Brynn returns to Saint Ambrose after being away for five years.

Brynn has also earned an internship on a police show, which comes in handy because she has an unsolved murder in her sights.

Five years ago, teacher Mr. Larkins was murdered in the woods near Saint Ambrose School.

Three teenagers, including Tripp, found her body and the case was never really solved. In fact, it was because of Tripp’s evidence that none of the three were found guilty of the murder.

And therein lies the problem. Brynn loves most things Tripp does, so it’s hard to be objective and investigative when emotions run high. She’s not the world’s greatest detective (that title could probably go to her younger sister, Ellie).

The characters are likeable and believable, and there is a beautiful feeling of being drawn to something bigger and better than all of us. With dozens of plot points and twists, red herrings, and garden paths to travel, this is the kind of book that really takes you back to make sure the clue you’re remembering isn’t dodgy.

nothing more to say It will satisfy readers who enjoy character-based works and those who love a propelling mystery. This book has both: fast cars, gunshots, dangerous and shadowy characters, and people whose auras you just want to immerse yourself in. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Title: nothing more to say
Author: Karen M McManus
Editor: Random Penguin House, $19.99
Publication date: August 2022
Format: Pocket book
ISBN: 9780241473689
By ages: 13+
Write: young adult

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