by Michelle A. HansenBlurb: I’m going to make you wish you were dead.
Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?
Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend’s locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.
Now she’s neck-deep in it with him, whatever “it” is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.
Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.
Publication date: November 2013
Genres: Romantic Thriller, Young Adult
My Rating: 4 stars
Before They Find Us was a treat to read. It's a book that gets more fast paced with each page turn.
The best part of the book is by far the mystery/thriller aspect of the story; I was addicted. I had absolutely no idea how the book would turn out, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I was reading as fast as I could because I needed to know what would happen next. The author always managed to stay one step ahead of the reader with the plot.
The characters are fantastic, especially Rebecca, the main character. As some of you might know, I love when a character has a backstory that significantly adds to the plot. Rebecca has one, all right. She witnessed a murder when she was eleven and identified the killer, Kyle Rasmussen. He was sent to jail, and later died there. This isn't just a plot device, though; throughout the plot, you see her struggling with this. In addition to Rebecca, there are a number of other great characters. Each one has a distinct personality, and they all really add something to the plot.
I liked how the author portrayed Beck and Ryan's relationship a lot. They are a bit more than friends, but not a couple. I love that the author didn't make them real boyfriend and girlfriend at the beginning of the book, because it really added something to the story.
This book is the kind of story you will finish in a day because you won't be able to put it down. I liked it a LOT.
Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in
Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has
had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irrationally large stash of pens and notebooks.
English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years.
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