by Margaux Froley
Series: Keaton School #1
Release Date: March 12, 2013
by Soho Teen
Goodreads / Purchase
Sixteen-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always felt like an outsider at Keaton, the prestigious
boarding school perched above the Pacific. As long as she’s not fitting in, Devon figures she might as well pad her application to
Stanford’s psych program. So junior year, she decides to become a peer
counselor, a de facto therapist for students in crisis. At first, it seems like
it will be an easy fly-on-the-wall gig, but her expectations are turned upside
down when Jason Hutchins (a.k.a. “Hutch”), one of the Keaton’s most popular
students, commits suicide.
Devon dives into her new
role providing support for Hutch’s friends, but she’s haunted by her own
attachment to him. The two shared an extraordinary night during their first
week freshman year; it was the only time at Keaton when she felt like someone
else really understood her. As the secrets and confessions pile up in her
sessions, Devon comes to a startling
conclusion: Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Bound by her oath of
confidentiality—and tortured by her unrequited love— Devon
embarks on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of Hutch's death, and the
stakes are higher than she ever could have imagined.
*A copy was provided by Soho Teen for review purposes*
Escape Theory really reminded me of Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday, which you guys may or may not know is my favorite mystery book ever. The dialogue was very funny and entertaining and the best friend was absolutely nuts and had tons of personality. I really liked Froley’s idea, and I loved the setting and how she described it. The set-up was absolutely perfect, and the circumstances were written flawlessly. In some mystery books I feel like the solution comes too easily, but in this book it smoothed into the answer with ease and finesse, and it all made sense. The staging and story line was absolutely perfect, and the ending summed up the whole story line effortless and thrilling way. Really, I can’t believe that this book is Margaux Froley’s first.
This cast was a rather large one, but since each character had such a great and different personality, it was easy to keep track. I liked how each character played a part in the mystery and the solving of the mystery. I really liked Devon and how she was persistent in her beliefs and didn’t give up on Hutch. Her best friend, Presley, was an absolute riot, and I loved reading about how they interacted.
If this is Margaux Froley’s debut mystery book and it was this freaking good, I can’t even imagine how awesome her next books are going to be. Her grasp on writing, staging, and complex settings is just amazing…gah, this book was so awesome!
5 pink flowers
CHECK OUT DEADLY COOL - TRUST ME, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!