{Review} Gone too Far by Natalie Richards @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFire

September 15, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 5 ★★★½

{Review} Gone too Far by Natalie Richards @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFireGone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
Pages: 320
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...

YA ReviewMy Thoughts

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.

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About Natalie D. Richards

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn’t dare do the dishes.) She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction. When she’s not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and their three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

5 Responses to “{Review} Gone too Far by Natalie Richards @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFire”

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I’ve been wondering if I should try this book or not. I read My Secret to Tell and was very underwhelmed, but I also saw a glimmer of promise in there. Also, I have a YA Mystery OBSESSION going on, so I’m always on the lookout of ones to try. I think I will put this on my YES list… and One Was Lost. I think that comes out soonish.

  2. Autumn

    I love when books make you look over your shoulder! I mean, it’s kind of a love hate thing…

  3. danielle hammelef

    I love mysteries and suspense so this will be fun to read for me. Thanks for sharing today!

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