My rating: 1 of 5 stars
These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.
Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.
Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.
But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.
Because it just got personal.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I first heard of this book in February 2015. It sounded interesting and I went through the reviews. Most of the one’s I came across where unappealing. In December 2015 I decided to give it a try and added it to my shelf. After I put it on hold in the library I realized that this book may not be for me. But nonetheless I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this.
The book begins with Wick (short for Wicket) hearing some noises. She grabs a bat and heads downstairs to check it out. She runs into her sister Lily (9 years old) and they make their way down. Lily tries to reassure Wick that they have a wonderful life now and that Detective Carson does not mean any harm. She also tries to convince her Wick to stop hacking before she ruins their new life. Downstairs they see Detective Carson and he smiles at them.
Wick goes to check the door only to find Tessa Waye’s dairy with the words ‘Find Me’ written on it. In the morning Wick assumes that the dairy being sent over must be a prank. Why on earth would be popular and happy Tessa send her dairy otherwise? Once she reaches school she soon discovers from her crush Griff that Tessa committed suicide by jumping off a building. Wick has a panic attack as she realizes that the dairy must have been sent for a reason. She gets excused to go home.
Wick and Lily have been in foster care for years. Their father is a criminal and their mother seeing no escape from her husband jumps off a building committing suicide. Their father was eventually sent to jail leaving the sisters in the system. In the book they seem to have found a good family in Bren and her husband Todd. But Wick doesn’t trust it. She’s extremely paranoid especially when it comes to adults. So on the side she does some hacking. Specifically looking into these women’s boyfriends or husbands and they pay her quite a bit. She’s saving the money just in case she and Lily need to run away from Bren and Todd.
Wick with the help of Griff decide to look into what caused Tessa to commit suicide, because the situation reminds Wick of her mother and that Lily is the man’s next target.
If I’m going to be honest I am not that big a fan of murder mysteries. I do enjoy them but not as much as contemporary and fantasy books. Although I can agree with other reviews that around page 50 you can take a good guess as to who the murderer is. It’s an old cliche but it is used in this book.
The only characters that I liked were Wick, Tessa, Bren (I really wish she came in more), and Lauren (Wick’s best friend). In the book there are quotes from Tessa’s dairy in every chapter. This was brilliant and you got to know Tessa’s character a little bit more. Bren was sweet and a good foster mom. Lauren was this awesome best friend who knew everything about Wick and was still supportive of her. Wick was an interesting character and I didn’t mind her paranoia with adults and authority. It made sense to me. It was really nice that Wick went through a lot of measures to keep Lily safe.
I didn’t really like Lily and Griff. Lily barely came in the book and when she did it was to bite Wick’s head off with her hacking. And to tell her that Wick would get them in trouble, and to give Bren and Todd a chance. There really didn’t need to be romance in this book. Griff was a creepy love interest. He was obsessed with Wick and has been apparently stacking her for 3 years.
There were some plot holes with the mystery. It’s never specified what exactly the man that Tessa was in a relationship with would do to Lily. You’re just told that he had an interest in her and that was a bad thing.
Overall I didn’t enjoy this book. It wasn’t that good of a mystery book. I cannot recommend this.