“Shine” by Lauren Myracle

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Cat’s friend Patrick is openly gay in a small, very conservative Southern town. When he is beaten up and left for dead one night, Cat has strong suspicions that it was someone Patrick knew, not a passing stranger, who assaulted her friend. As Cat delves deeper into the mystery of what happened to Patrick, she must confront her own demons and uncover unpleasant secrets about her friends and her hometown.

Cat’s irresistable voice would be enough to make this book a page-turner. But on top of crafting a gritty coming-of-age story, Lauren Myracle also added a compelling mystery to her plot. The twists and turns of the mystery read like hardboiled crime noir dropped into a backwoods Southern town. Though this book might look a little too long for reluctant readers, they will soon find themselves drawn in by Cat’s investigation. I recommend this book for more mature readers.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Amanda Coppedge Bosky