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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 224
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick's mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.
*Galley provided by publisher for an honest review*

I've been trying to get more mystery novels into my system so I gave The Girl in the Park a try. The main character, Rain, is the shy girl who makes friends with Wendy Geller, the girl in the park. When her boy is found in Central Park, Rain fails to acknowledge the rumrors and stories that drift around and go around trying to find the cultpit and clear the gossip.

This was a very easy and enjoyable read. Being from New York and taking countless trips into the city, it's always fun to read the setting and get a feel for it, and Fredericks does a very nice job with it. Capturing a rustling city is a hard thing to do but she does a wonderful job at it. As far as the mystery goes, it was intersting and like I said before, easy to read. I could infer and end up seeing where things were heading towards the end of the book. Even so, I enjoyed Rain's narration and the ideas presented for this story. Though the whole party girl meets a mysterious end after going off alone isn't the most original idea, it was still a good read.

Final Summation: An enjoyable mystery in the New York City is always a fun and nice read to me. Fredericks did a wonderful job with this novel. Though given the shy main character and the party girl friend, the suspence of the murder surrounded by a girl with tons of enemies does cancel out some of the cliched aspects of the characters.

First Line: In my dream, everyone talks except me.
Story: A
Cover: C