Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Thrillers & Suspense, mystery
Source: ecopy from Publisher
Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...
Gone Too Far is a young adult standalone thriller/suspense mystery by Natalie Richards. I have not read any books by Natalie yet, but I have heard some really great things about her first book, Six Months Later. What I liked the most about Gone too Far was that it was a true high school mystery. Most of the book takes place actually inside the school, and the person solving the mystery is a high school senior. Gone Too Far is a good read. While I did figure some aspects of the plot out, others remained a mystery to me until they were revealed, which I enjoyed.
I was a little undecided on the character of Piper. On one hand, I loved that she wants to be a photojournalist because I think it fit in perfectly with the kind of mystery going on in the story, and she does mature as a character throughout the book. But, on the other hand, she seemed a little judge-y and a little immature at times. I think overall, she ended up being a decent character, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say I loved her.
The mystery in Gone too Far had a very Pretty Little Liars vibe to it. There were texts and pictures, and clues being strategically placed, and everything felt very sinister and planned out, A style. I actually loved that, because I am a fan of both the Pretty Little Liars books and tv show. I think Gone too Far will be perfect for fans of PLL but also for fans of standalone mysteries. (PLL has a tendency to feel very drawn out.)
I think what Natalie Richards did best was create a creepy a** vibe for Gone too Far. This book will have you looking over your shoulder while you are reading it. I am not kidding, this book sent actual shivers down my spine a couple of times. The whole vibe was very Scream esque and creepy. I loved it! Gone too Far makes me want to speed up to October, so I can get out some of my spooky horror novels I have been saving up. If you are a fan of a good suspense mystery with a creepy vibe, check out Gone too Far.Love #PrettyLittleLiars? Check out Gone too Far by @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFire @BookBriefs #Review #YA #Mystery Click To Tweet