This is our story / Ashley Elston.
Booklist Reviews 2016 November #1
Who knew Kate's part-time internship in the district attorney's office would take over her life? Turns out there's been an accidental shooting (or maybe a murder?) at a notorious local party. The victim was part of a group of five well-connected friends, one of whose family owns the lodge where the shooting occurred. The DA assigns the investigation to Kate's boss, Mr. Stone, with the assumption that he will not dig too deep and the incident will be ruled an accident. Crime fiction fans know never to assume, of course, and the case races off with page-turning suspense. Kate takes crime-scene photos, adds commentary to witness video statements, tails the defendants, and, breaching ethical boundaries, becomes secretly involved with one of them. The plot builds cleverly, interspersed with text messages, mistaken identities, whiffs of political corruption, and mysterious narrations from someone who knows what happened. Readers will overlook the fact of a high-school intern practically running a heater case when the story becomes impossible to put down. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring
When a young man, Grant, is shot dead in an apparent hunting accident, none of his friends accepts the blame. Kate, who'd been developing a friendship with Grant, uses her internship at the district attorney's office to investigate what really happened, despite obstructions from several angles. If readers can suspend disbelief about Kate's level of access, they should enjoy this gripping legal thriller. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
PW Reviews 2016 October #1
Grant Perkins is killed while on a hunting trip with his four best friends, who concoct a tale to keep themselves out of jail. As part of her internship with the district attorney's office, senior Kate Marino is assigned to help unravel the boys' lies, despite their connections to their Louisiana town's most powerful citizens. However, Kate's boss doesn't know that she is harboring secrets that link her to the River Point Boys, and everyone—including Grant—has something to hide. Elston's (The Rules for Disappearing) exploration of privilege, justice, and digital media unfolds through a combination of Kate's Nancy Drew–like investigation, the anonymous shooter's thoughts, and the mounting evidence; the narrative feels ripped from the headlines, a contemporary cautionary tale with enough wrinkles to make all four boys seem like likely suspects. A subplot involving a photo of three passed-out girls adds another layer of sordid small-town intrigue, and Kate's efforts to solve the case highlights the duality of the human soul, the ways technology can twist the truth, and the difficulty of knowing who to trust. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (Nov.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.