Beware The Red Herrings!

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I was definitely under the impression this book would be majority podcast and that we'd basically be getting the crime and all the details solely from said podcast. I figured we'd follow the entire mystery and receive all answers via the host's reporting.

This is not the case.

In The Suicide House we get a series of psychotherapy journal entires read to us alongside flips between the past, the time of the initial murders, and the present, the time of the suicides relating to those murders. The big questions we all want answered: why are kids going back and killing themselves where two students were murdered the summer before? Was it really an open and shut case?

The mystery of who is reading from these journal entries and the connection to the Westmont Prep murders is a major pull that offers many red herrings when coupled with the events of the past and present. Also the enigma behind which kids were killed and who the first to kill themselves were until about halfway was fun for me because I got to go through a little process of elimination type thing in my head as I read.

I really enjoyed Rory Moore's character. Her compulsions and quirks make her even more likable. Although I do feel like a lot of things about her personality was kind of repetitive and just written in different ways. And even though I admire the hobby that grounds her, I kind of found myself slightly glossing over those parts after a while. I feel like we don't get to know Lane too much in this one but if Rory digs him, then he's gotta be good peoples!

I was heavily convinced I had our guy pinned down the majority of this book. However, due to all the red herrings I was totally thrown off and very wrong. Amateur sleuths and Criminal Minds fans like me would enjoy Donlea's writing for sure.