2017, mystery, review, romance, thriller, young adult

Review: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Review: This Is Our Story by Ashley ElstonThis Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Pages: 320
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No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won't say who fired the shot that killed their friend, Grant; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino's senior year internship at the District Attorney's Office isn't exactly glamorous-more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys' case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won't let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has personal reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone-the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot-she realizes that nothing about the case-or the boys-is what it seems. Grant wasn't who she thought he was, and neither is Stone's prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all-and if Kate doesn't uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line including her own.

Another quick (half a day) beach read. Ashley Elston’s This Is Our Story caught my eye on Goodreads and I quickly added it to my iPad for reading. That cover is fantastic!

The concept of this was another reason why I picked it up. Five go into the woods, four come back out. I liked the “murderer” chapters – especially since the voice of the character was hard to place within the group of boys. I didn’t quite know who it was until the end. The story follows Kate, a high school senior with an internship at the DA’s office in her small Louisiana town. The DA faces pressure from the well connected families the case is given to older attorney to help move it along.

The story started a bit slow but soon went right into the thick of it. The lack of any real characterization made it hard to connect to the characters, the relationships and the murder. This who-done-it style mystery is an easy read. There is no great twist at the end and the reveal of the killer lacks any kind of dramatic flair. So much of the story relies on Kate and her relationships, that the relationships between the boys themselves and their families gets swept under the rug.

This story had a lot of potential for more. I would have liked to see more characterization of the River Point boys. Another point of view would have been helpful or perhaps third-person narrative might have been a little more effective.

 

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