Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Title: Conspiracy Girl
Author: Sarah Alderson
Genre: YA Suspense/Thriller
Publication Date: 12th February 2015
Pages: 320
Book Source: Simon & Schuster AU

Synopsis: Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant. 

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.

My Thoughts:
My first Sarah Alderson but it won't be my last. Heart-racing pace without sacrificing character or plot development ... what a wicked ride. 

Nic Preston lands on Finn Carter's doorstep after her apartment's security system is breached and her home broken into. Are the killers who brutally murdered her mother and stepsister 2 years ago back to finish the job? Hacker extraordinaire Finn may be her only chance of survival. 

I loved the dual narrative from Nic and Finn. Nic's opinion of Finn changes from understandable dislike and mistrust to something more as the storyline progresses and I really bought how their relationship developed. I adored Finn from the get-go, he's smart and hot and even with his questionable deals and decisions, you just know he's a good guy. I always fall for the dog in a book and Nic's French Mastiff bulldog Goz was no exception ... aww my hero.

I've read true stories stranger than Conspiracy Girl so I didn't find it in the least bit far fetched, the conspiracy almost did my head in, the bad guys were relentless, I had the 'twist' figured out well before the end but far from lessening my enjoyment, it kept me flipping the pages to see if I was right. 

Not often I enjoy a YA suspense/thriller to this extent ... Conspiracy Girl is the complete package.  

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  1. Replies
    1. edge of seat and a little romance, I think you'd like it Julie :)

  2. As I started your review I was thinking YA, not really my reading field. But dang it, you are so convincing, it sounds really good. Just might try it!

    1. I was really surprised Kathryn, I think most people who enjoy suspense/thrillers would enjoy this one, it didn't come across particularly YA-ish, if that makes sense.

  3. Oh this sounds really good and I love seeing such a strong thriller in YA. You sold me on this Teddyree.

    1. YAY Kimberly, hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

  4. I am so glad to see how much you like this. I love YA suspense/ mystery and this sounds like a good one. Thank you for your great review.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Suzi, hope you get your hands on this one, totally worth it!


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