Cry Blue Murder – book review

Cry Blue Murder

Cry Blue Murder is the chilling and gripping book by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts.

A serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping schoolgirls. Three bodies have been found, each time the girls are found wrapped in a hand-woven fabric, dead. No one is safe…

Alice and Celia tell each other everything: their secrets, hopes, and their fear of the killer who is abducting schoolgirls just like them. As clues emerge, it appears that no one can be trusted in a time like this and that the danger is closer than anyone wants to believe.

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I absolutely loved reading Cry Blue Murder. Surprisingly, the thing I loved most about this book was how it was set out, which was what I disliked the most about this book when I started reading it. The majority of the book is emails between two people named Alice and Celia. The two girls met on a Facebook group dedicated to the missing Hallie Knight. Alice and Celia are struggling to cope with the fact that girls their age and in their home city are being kidnapped and murdered. To be honest, I’d have a hard time coping with something like that too.

Most of the book is the emails between the two girls. In the beginning, I doubted whether this book would be able to make me feel like I was living right beside these two frightened girls, but it actually did. I was surprised by how well the authors could make me feel like I was a friend of Alice and Celia and make me fear for their safety as much as they did as well. A good portion of this book is Alice and Celia just being 15 year-old girls and talking about their lives and anything funny that happens to them with each other. I liked how I got to know each girl and I felt that because of the emails, I got to understand what these two people were going through.

Scattered amongst the emails were interviews with the police and suspects, official witness statements and newspaper articles. These were important because I could understand what was going on and what the police were doing, rather than just hearing it from the two girls. The interviews were really interesting and I found myself trying to be the detective and piece everything together. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have a career in being a detective. I failed to notice even the biggest of hints even when they were dropped right in front of my nose.

In most books, I generally see what is coming before the characters do, which is incredibly annoying. However in this book, I had no clue whatsoever of what was going to happen. I was shocked to see how things played out and to see that the people I suspected were in fact innocent. My mind was completely blown to discover what happened in the end. I’ve heard some other people say that the plot twist was really easy to see coming, so how could I have not seen it? Am I really that naive?

Alice and Celia have one main thing in common: they both feel isolated and alone. Celia is at a new school and Alice is trapped in the boarding school her family sent her to after a family tragedy. These two girls offer support and friendship to one another. They also write about how the girls being killed are impacting their lives. The two become close very quickly and will share almost anything with each other. Both Alice and Celia were really likable characters. Their emails were often very amusing and I found myself often laughing at the funny things that were going on in their lives.

This book was creepy, puzzling and enthralling all at once. I was interested to know how things were going to turn out right from the very beginning and I was shocked to discover how things played out. This book is a great thriller and one that’s impossible to put down. Although at first it took me a little while to warm up to the pace, I thoroughly loved reading this book. I’d give Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts a score of 8.5 out of 10. This book is very cleverly written and I’d recommend it to everyone who is looking for a different and thrilling book to read!

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