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How to Survive your Murder by Danielle Valentine [book review]

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How to survive your murder

Book: How to survive your Murder

By: Danielle Valentine

Published: Razorbill

Published: August 30, 2022

Pages: 299

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller

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About How to Survive Your Murder

Alice is the only witness to her sister dying. Now it’s a year later since Claire’s death and her life has completely fallen apart. Her family isn’t the same, she has to live somewhere new that stinks, and now she’s having to face her sister’s killer in court.

On the day of court, she has to testify against her sister’s killer. She’s not even close to being ready to do that. In order to get her thought’s together she heads to the bathroom. But when she’s knocked out she wakes up somewhere else and everything is completely off.

What I thought

So, I went into How to Survive Your Murder a little blind. I’m actually really glad that I did. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end.

Not very many books that I have read (especially recently) actually started off with a bang. I kind of feel like books that do this really catches the reader’s attention and get them wanting to know more. I don’t really know what I was expecting with this book but certain aspects of the story completely threw me off. That’s a good thing though because it threw me off guard. The story is fast-paced and so good!

I think How to Survive Your Murder is one of those books that makes you realize that just because you know horror movies inside and out DOES NOT mean you’ll know what to do in real life. You think that you’re fully prepared when you’re really not.

Danielle seems to do a really great job making the characters stand out in hopes to find out more. There aren’t many cases where I actually kind of get invested with side characters. It doesn’t happen that often that I become invested with characters that really aren’t that important, to begin with.

So, I actually love the idea of how she started this book. It starts off with a bang and makes you want to know what’s going to happen next. Not only that but it ended with a bang as well. That was completely done right and made me want another book as well. I have my fingers crossed that she potentially makes another book for this. With the way that it ended, I’m kind of hoping that there’s another one. I will probably be if it stayed this way but the way it ended makes me want so much more from it.

If you enjoy books like this then make sure to check out my post on YA Horror books.

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