You'll Miss Me When I'm Goneby Kevin O’Brien

Published July 26th 2016 by Kensington

4 Stars

Synopsis: No Forgiveness 
Andrea Boyle moved to Seattle to give her seventeen-year-old nephew, Spencer, a fresh start after the death of his parents. Andrea has found her own new beginning with Luke, a successful playwright and father of a teenage son, Damon. The boys appear to have little in common, but in truth they share a private torment…

No Remorse
When a tragedy befalls Damon, it’s just the beginning of a nightmare that unfolds. But the worst is yet to come once a dark secret from Spencer’s past is exposed. And when Luke is brutally attacked, both of their futures are at stake.

No Second Chance
Now it’s up to Andrea to prove Spencer’s innocence to the police–and to herself. Because for reasons she has revealed to no one, even Andrea can’t help questioning the truth–and fearing that she may be next to pay the ultimate price…

My Review: Andrea Boyle moved from Washington, D.C. to Seattle with her seventeen-year-old nephew Spencer to escape their past. When Spencer was 11 year old, he and a friend committed a horrific crime and he spent five years incarcerated. His last name has been changed and he is starting life at a new school. Andrea falls in love and moves in with Luke, a successful playwright. Luke’s son has problems. He is bullied incessantly at school and only has one friend. When Spencer tries to make friends with him, he is rebuffed. When Damon broadcasts his murder of his mother and suicide to the world, he thinks they will “Miss him when he is gone”. In the podcast, he calls out several of the bullies, a teacher and the principal. Shortly after his death, the same people who harassed Damon start receiving death threats. When one of the bullies gets an anonymous text message revealing Spencer’s past others find out about it. When bodies start piling up, Spencer is the first suspect, and with evidence being planted, is is obvious to both him and his aunt that he is being framed.

This book was hard to put down. It was well written and each chapter left you wanting to just read one more. When Spencer reads Damon’s journal and finds out about the bullying, it was written so realistically that I could feel the pain and fear that Damon would have been going through. The characters of Luke and Andrea had strong moments and other times, I thought they would have reacted differently. The students at the highschool scared me. If that is the way they treat one another in real life, it is amazing that there are not more murder/suicides. That was the sad side to this story.

I did figure out who the killer was in the story, but there were so many twists and turns that it was okay. This is a thriller that you will not want to put down. My emotions were all over the place as I read this book. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a thriller/suspenseful read, but with the subject matter of highschool age characters, maybe not to that age group.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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