Title: The Girl In The Park
Author: Mariah Fredericks
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult, Crime, Mistery
GR Synopsis: When Wendy Geller’s body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,”Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled.” But shy Rain, once Wendy’s best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just “party girl.” As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick’s mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.
This ARC was provided to me through netgalley.com in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.
Rain Donovan is a shy, insecure girl, one who “lives in her head” so to speak. A condition at birth made her cautious and observant about the world around her. Wendy, however, with her zest for life and carefree attitude, she was the right counter-party for Rain, until time and life made them slip away from each other. One Sunday morning, Wendy’s mother called Rain and asks her about her daughter. Rain said she saw her for the last time at a party the previous night, but she doesn’t know anything else. The conversation ends, but now the feeling that something bad happened to Wendy does not abandon Rain. The reality is in fact the worst: Wendy’s body was found in Central Park. Rain now is set to found the killer of her former best friend.
Before reading of “The Girl In The Park” I had never read anything about this writer. I was quite surprised, then, to discover that this is her first book of such genre. Her writing is simple, but effective. The pace of the narrative, marked in days rather than chapters, keeps alive the tension surrounding the murder of Wendy. The dialogues are not just functional to the story, the solution of the mystery, but they provide a complex picture, at times disturbing, of the machinations, the secrets and mysteries within an exclusive New York school.
One element that I much enjoyed about this book is the fact that, even if I had my main suspect from the beginning, the author was able to maintain that aura of ambiguity and possibility right to the end. The author has made sure that I doubted myself and my suspects more than once and this is a skill not common for those new to write this kind of book for the first time.
In conclusion, this book has exceeded my expectations. It captured and involved me. I recommend it to fans of the genre: it will be very difficult not to read it at once!