Author: Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #1
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Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he's pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren't enough, now he's depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool.
But as much as Hartley wouldn't mind seeing him squirm, she knows he's innocent, and she's the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school's resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer's next victim.
I had an awesome time reading this book! Even though it's full of mystery and suspense, it's still so hilarious that I was laughing throughout almost the entire book!
The main character, Hartley, discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her with one of the cheerleaders and when she goes to his house after school to confront him on the matter, she finds the said cheerleader dead in his closet, strangled with a pair of ear buds. Hartley thinks she knows her boyfriend well enough and automatically believes that he couldn't have possibly committed the murder. But since the body was found in her boyfriends house, the boyfriend is the number one suspect and he is nowhere to be found. Hartley sets out to clean her boyfriends name and finds herself in some pretty crazy situations along the way.
Hartley is so funny and she just doesn't let anyone tell her what to do. After another murder puts everyone on edge, she is set and determined to find out who is killing her classmates. I love her partnership with Sam, who sounds so hot and tortured but is also mysterious and a little bit creepy because his motives for helping Hartley are unclear. But, in the end, they make a great team and hopefully, in the next book, a great couple! Because everyone wants to date the bad boy at least once.
Deadly Cool is a great contemporary/mystery read that had me on my toes while laughing the whole time! Hartley's story will continue in the next book, Social Suicide, which will be released sometime this year! I can't wait!