Monday, July 3, 2017

The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride-- Brought me back to my 90's thriller days!

The Bakersville Dozen

At the beginning of the school year, Bailey wound up on a video that went viral.  The video featured 13 of her classmates and had gave them all nicknames based on their perceived sexual prowess.  The video was hard enough to deal with, but now 4 of the girls in the video have gone missing--- and everyone is left wondering who's going to be next?

On the last day of school, Bailey gets a note in her locker giving her clues.  She doesn't know it's sinister until it leads her to a dead body-- then she realizes the game is on.  Now, the other missing girls lives depend on Bailey's ability to play this sadistic killer's game...

I was a BIG fan of Kristina's previous book, One Moment. It had me staying up until the wee hours of the morning to find out what happened-- and I must say The Bakersville Dozen basically had the same effect. I opened it up one night, only planning on reading the first few chapters, but suddenly I was HOOKED. Next thing I knew, I was almost halfway through the book and it was WAY later than I intended to stay up. So yeah, Kristina McBride is good at getting me NEEDING to know and not being able to put her books down.

The Bakersville Dozen wasn't perfect. It felt a little like there was something missing between the video incident and the girls going missing. I wasn't feeling the sense of urgency from a town that should have had a media frenzy going on. I mean, you've got a viral video and girls from the video kidnapped possibly dead? The media would have taken over this town.

Also, I couldn't help but screaming inside my head COPS!!! CALL THE DAMN COPS!!

The thing is: it was a wild ride. And that helped me move past some of my rational thinking. I read a lot of mystery and I feel like I'm good at figuring things like this out-- but I did NOT figure this out.  And I was fooled big-time along the way. I loved the twists that this book took, and I loved being completely tricked into thinking something that turned out to be wrong.

So, was this book the most realistic mystery/thriller to ever grace the shelves?? No. As a reader, you'll need to just go with it-- there are things that make no sense, times when it's so obvious the police should be involved, and the ending/"big reveal" is a tad rushed. BUT this book is entertaining and plain fun if you can let yourself go and just enjoy.

OVERALL: LOVED!!  It took me back to my youth when I was ALL about the thriller/mysteries (think Point Horror, Fear Street-type stuff).  I loved going along with Bailey and following these random "clues".  I loved that I was WRONG about a lot of stuff and there was a twist that totally got me in the end.  I definitely recommend this to fans of teen horror/thrillers.  It totally had a I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER vibe.

Date Published: 7/4/2017
How I got this book: Thanks to Sky Pony for providing me a copy of this book to read and honestly review.
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Add it to your To-Read List!!

My Rating: 5/5

Character: Bailey Holzman
Book: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

  • Because Bailey's got that love triangle thing going on-- and I think she needs to read a romance book to help get her mind off of death and betrayal.

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  1. Despite it's flaws, it sounds like a book that really sucks you in and keeps you guessing. And that's awesome you weren't able to guess the end!


    1. It's definitely an entertaining book-- and I love reading books like these in the summer!

  2. I've been seeing this one around everywhere lately! It sounds like one that I would definitely love. I love when books are able to surprise me and keep me guessing throughout the story. I'm one of those annoying people that always end up guessing the ending. lol! I love when a book is able to pull one over on me tho. Glad you loved this one! I will definitely be adding it to my TBR list. Great review!

    1. It wasn't perfect, but it was perfectly entertaining!! I hope you like it!

  3. Oh I'm so excited! Definitely adding this one to my TBR!

  4. It is frustrating when characters don't call the cops even though that would be the logical thing to do. But I'm glad the book was thrilling enough that you were able to forget some of the issues and still like it!