Published by Bare Ink on January 6, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, mystery, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.
Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets.
*For readers of Kasie West and Jenny Han.*
Triplicity is a young adult mystery by J. Mercer, that takes place on a cruise ship. I was completely intrigued by this idea. I love the idea of a story taking place on a cruise ship, and I hardly ever read young adult mysteries. Most mysteries I read are adult, so I knew this was going to be a cool book. And it was! Triplicity is something than I am used to reading, but it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed this novel. The blurb of Triplicity says this book is perfect for readers of Kasie West and Jenny Han, and I think that is a good description. Triplicity certainly had that adorable light hearted feel, but maybe not quite as lighthearted as Kasie and Jenny because of the added mystery element.
Triplicity is told in multiple points of view, with the chapters switching off between the various main characters. I loved that all of the main characters met for the first time on their cruise vacation, no one came in with a best friend. I will say at the beginning, it was a bit confusing bouncing back and forth between the different chapters because I would forget who was speaking. So it took a little longer than usual for me to get to know the characters, but once I did get to know them, I was able to distinguish between their perspectives easily.
I loved how quickly our three main characters, Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah, bonded. They quickly became friends as they set out to solve the mystery of the cruise thief. I loved the mystery element, and shockingly, I liked the mystery even more than the romance. I liked Navy, but she was so flip floppy that it was starting to irritate me. As much as I enjoyed Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah, I also really liked their travel companions. Learning more about Navy’s mom, Isaiah’s grandma and Jesse’s dad really helped to flesh out the main characters and given them extra depth.
Overall, I think Triplicity was a really fun read. I loved the mystery. I think J. Mercer does a great job of keeping the plot interesting and keeping the readers guessing. This was not a mystery that I solved right away (though I am far from an expert). If you are a fan of young adult mysteries or of books that take place on a cruise, I think Triplicity is a book you will be interested in reading.
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