To Right the Wrongs (Erin Blake #2)
Author: Sheryl Scarborough
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Barely three weeks after catching the killer of Erin's mother and their biology teacher, Erin and her crew are back, up to their elbows in forensics projects. But this time it's with the full approval of their parents.
With Uncle Victor at the helm, Erin and her best friends, Spam and Lysa, are prepping a new classroom for CSI summer camp, where they will serve as camp counselors. Meanwhile, Erin's super-hot new boyfriend, Journey, is graduating, just in time for him to take a position as Victor's intern in the new CSI lab on campus. Journey and Victor are going to take another look at the evidence in the murder trial that sent Journey's father to prison. The girls are under strict orders not to meddle with the murder case, but that's easier said than done...
Praise for TO RIGHT THE WRONGS:
“Scarborough has written an intense, engrossing debut. Readers will root for Erin to find answers, laugh at her friends’ antics as they play detective, and struggle to identify the killer in a plot full of red herrings and multiple suspects. This solid mystery will easily grab the attention of fans of the genre.” ―Booklist
“To Catch a Killer is a tense, storming heartbeat of a thriller. Scarborough’s tightly woven story merges forensic intrigue with friendship, romance, and family, nailing the dynamic stylings of Veronica Mars and the playful spirit of Bones. I could not put it down.” ―Cori McCarthy, author of Breaking Sky
"The fast-paced plot and Veronica Mars-esque protagonist make this book a good fit for avid mystery readers." ―School Library Journal
“A relatable cast and well thought-out plot make this mystery a Sherlockian puzzle sure to impress the most hardened crime-procedural fanatic. Don your deer-stalker caps, gumshoes, you’re in for a twisty ride.” ―Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I’m Lying
"Scarborough brings Erin to life as a teenager with a damaged past...there are enough red herrings and forensic activity to keep everyone entertained all the way through the climatic end." ―VOYA
I hurry into the building where my first class is and a group of freshmen girls flock around me like birds on a scrap of bread.
“Erin. Erin. Look what we got. We ordered them from the website where you got yours. They just came yesterday.” They’re all talking at once and twirling multifilament fingerprint brushes like the one I use. The newspaper article mentioned the contents of
my supply kit and where I got everything. Which is so funny because after Lysa and Spam and I admitted our forensic activities, our parents extracted promises from each of us that we won’t be doing any more favors for our friends at school. Cheater Checks is DOA.
“That’s cool,” I say. “What are you going to do with them?”
“Lift fingerprints. What else,” the blonde says. “Look. We already did some.” She holds up a white card that’s covered with smeary, black smudges. “What do you think? Do those look like a match?”
I blink and back away. “Okay, so first you need to work on your technique. A lot. Those aren’t fingerprints. They’re black blobs.”
She whips the card out of my hand. “Whatever, it was my first try.”
She moves off with her friends in tow and I head for my locker. Strolling along the rows, I see splashes of black and neon colors all over the place. Geez, what’s going on here? Then I come upon a couple of guys blowing neon green fingerprint powder against the metal door. Some of it sticks, but most of it is going to waste on the floor.
They laugh hysterically.
I pause and consider telling them they’re doing it wrong, but when the second warning bell rings I shake it off and head to class. As I pass them I hear one whisper to the other.
“Hey, that’s her,” he says.
Ugh. No matter what, I’m always going to be her.
I shudder and hurry to class.
Normal. What does that even mean?
Copyright © 2018 by Sheryl Scarborough
To Right the Wrongs is the second installment in a young adult mystery series that fans of the genre will definitely enjoy. Although you technically don't need to read the first book in the series before this one, I highly suggest that you do. There are already established relationships that were made in the first book and obviously a huge amount of events that went down. You might be a little confused in parts if you don't read them in order, but you can go either way. Again, I suggest reading the first book in the series before this one.
The characters were interesting and I enjoyed getting to know them even better. Especially our main character, Erin. We see how she's changed and grown since the last book, along with how the other characters have grown together and changed as well. The secondary characters were fascinating and I enjoyed getting to know them better. They all had realistic personalities and flaws that made them easy to identify with. Erin's character was easy to connect with and I loved feeling like I was right by her side as she faced another deadly mystery. One thing I want to mention is the writing style, which is a huge aspect for me. The author chose to write the book in the first person point of view, from Erin's perspective. This is by far my favorite style for several reasons, and I'm so glad the author went in this direction. I don't think I would've liked the book as much if it had been done in another way. I wasn't able to connect with Erin as deeply as I would have liked, the first person narration really helped hold my interest and kept me in the story. The plot wasn't really anything highly original or unique, but the author added great details and her own touches to the story to make it her own. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre along with fans of suspense, thriller, and contemporary fiction.
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