Title: This Is Our Story
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 2016
Page Count: 312 (First Edition, Hardcover)
Age Recommendation: 12
Five went in. Four came out.
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; 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 her own 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. ~ Goodreads
This Is Our Story is a murder mystery perfect for those who are just about aged out of younger middle-grade mysteries. Kate, an aspiring photographer and highschool senior has an internship at the courthouse. It’s mostly boring paperwork until one day the DA brings a murder case in and she can help with it. There’s lot’s of surprises along the way and who knows who will survive until the end? *jazz hands*
I loved this book! It’s a mysterious mystery filled with twists and turns until the very end. The author manages to mislead you without being to obvious about it. It was especially interesting to have the main character work with the law enforcement instead of just deciding to solve the murder mystery because it was summer and they had nothing to do. It was also fascinating getting a look into the works of law enforcement, investigative crew and a bit into court! All the characters present in the story were likeable. Even the more side of side characters were lovable and not just pushed aside simply because they weren’t actually relevant. Although evidence kept on appearing, it only served to make more sense as to WHY someone murdered the victim instead of who–leaving the final reveal to actually shock me. Also the fact that the title intertwines so perfectly with the story is…tea.
I did dislike the romance at one point. I was afraid that it would take away or distract from the mystery. And while it did take up a good amount of the story, it was not done in a distracting way. If anything, it actually enhanced the story and gave the main character even more reason to solve the mystery. I was also upset with how many loose ends there were at the end of the story. They found the murderer, but so many pieces of the evidence they left were still unexplained after the last page. I also wish we had gotten to know the suspects better. I think it would have given more of an impact and added shock factor for when the big reveal finally happened. Aside from that, this was a highly enjoyable read that I recommend for anyone looking for a good mystery.
A ten-point buck and a dead body make the same sound when they hit the forest floor.
Here is this perfect specimen, dressed to kill, dumping garbage.
Apparently, it’s not a good idea to microwave food on a plate that has a metal rim around the edge.
What Does the Cat Think?
I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5!
I also found a song from Shrek the Musical with the same name as this title! I listened to this while eating edamame beans and touching up on the last few parts of this review. It is, perhaps, the Baetoven of the modern age. I’ll insert it below: