Friday, 31 January 2014
Review: Find Me by Romily Bernard
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: January 16th, 2014
A girl is dead… A killer's closing in… And two little words are the only clue… "Find Me". These are the words that Wick Tate finds in Tessa Wayne's diary. And now Tessa has been found … dead. Does someone out there really expect Wick to uncover the truth about her death? An expert computer hacker, Wick has the skills for the job, but with the threat of her ex-con dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around and new foster parents to keep happy, getting involved with a murder case is the last thing she wants to do. Until her little sister, Lily, is the next target. Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker-girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare. And now she's going to find this killer, no matter what it takes. Because it just got personal.
I don't read a lot of thrillers, especially not YA ones. It's never been a genre I've been drawn to, except when it comes to TV shows and films. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Find Me, and by how genuinely creepy it was - I was literally on tenterhooks by the time I got to the end. It was like holding your breath while watching a horror film - very tense and atmospheric!
I liked the mystery throughout Find Me and couldn't wait to find out who killed Tessa. I was intrigued, rooting for Wick and playing a guessing game of my own. I was completely wrong (of course) and as surprised as Wick was when she unravelled Tessa's murder. Maybe one day I'll actually be ahead of the game, but I don't think it'll be anytime soon.
Wick was a cool character and unlike any other YA girl I've read about recently. Her computer hacking was something new and seemingly underused in YA fiction, which was a nice change. She was a fierce character, completely self-dependent and more intelligent than anyone gave her credit for. If anyone was destined to find Tessa's diary, it was her.
The ending of Find Me really was a rollercoaster. The book picked up speed about fifty pages from the end, making it impossible to finish until I'd reached the thrilling conclusion. It's managed to change my mind when it comes to crime and thrillers, and I'm now itching to read more. I'll be along for the ride when Romily Bernard releases her next book and I just hope it isn't too long of a wait!