The Bookish Baker
With a tag saying that its perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars I was immediately intrigued. I loved the PLL TV show for the first couple seasons (I haven’t had time to catch up!) so I knew I had to give this a shot! I don’t think I have ever read a mystery (maybe the Nancy Drew books when I was young but nothing in YA). I wasn’t sure if I would like it since it was so out of my usual reading range but decided to branch out and try it. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I absolutely love this book! It kept me reading all day and night and I flew through it!
Kasey was so likable from the start! She has a genuine love and concern for her family and thats just so nice to see. She came from such a broken and hard background that it made it hard for me to feel for her. She had just moved in with a father who she knew nothing about, and got a family right along with it. What I loved most about her was the ability to protect and care of herself, she wasn’t just a needy teenager.
Honestly all the other characters were just decent in my opinion. I didn’t really love or hate any of them. I was super suspicious of all of them at times! Honestly her “best friends” Bailey and Jade bugged me to no end! For some reason they seemed to be the evil villains here.
I was hooked from the first line. Kara Thomas weaves in characters and events that are just impossible to not believe! It’s like that this could happen even in my small town. I felt like I was right there with Kasey as she tried to solve this mystery! There was just layer upon layer set out right in front of me and I had no idea what to believe!
One of the things that really pulled me in was the diary entries from Bailey, it was such a nice add in! I felt even more connected to the story because I was able to get inside her head as well as Kasey’s. The entries set me even more on edge than I already was!
I think my favorite part was that I never guessed who actually was the culprit. I had guesses all throughout but never anything concrete enough to place bets on. It may be because I don’t read mysteries ever, but I believe it had a lot to do with the way that Kara Thomas set up the plot.
My biggest issue was the pacing. I felt like there were a few too many places where not a lot was happening and Kasey was just there, not doing anything. Mostly it was just before the halfway point that the slow parts drug me down, after that you couldn’t tear the book from my hands!