★★★★ 4 "Who Killed Jackson" Stars★★★★
Jackson Landis kept secrets. It's how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.
But now he's dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.
The four girls - a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.
Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?
I first picked up this book because the cover caught my eye. Then when I read the synopsis I knew I had to dig into it. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed! Although I wish we got some kind of answers at the end of this book, it’s okay because at least the next one will be out in the spring. Yippee!
Anyway, this is a great book. It kind of reminded me a bit of the Pretty Little Liars series where a group of girls come together to find an unknown killer, and it also reminds me of the movie John Tucker Must Die. It’s about 4 girls with nothing in common coming together to find the killer of their late lover, Jackson. You see, Jackson has played each and every one of these girls as if they were puppets. He blackmailed each one to get whatever he wanted, and they all fell into his trap. None of them really knew that he was with each of them (and probably with all the girls on the campus) but he was definitely a manwhore according to all of their stories. Readers will probably have a strong dislike for him, and maybe even for some of the other characters. But each one is complex in their own right.
One thing that I really loved about this book is how the authors were able to successfully weave all the characters’ lives together making it a complex yet light read. The story is told using all four girls point of view and I never once found it to be confusing. I also liked the inclusion of the girls on the cover of the book so I was able to have the characters identifies in my mind while reading. It all worked really well.
Overall, this is a great little mystery that will keep readers guessing (even when the book is through). I wonder if the real killer will be who we all think it will! Great book, I definitely recommend it!