Everything You Want Me to Be
by Mindy Mejia
Synopsis: Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death.
High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.
Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Bechallenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?
–Taken from Goodreads
I received this ARC free on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is an ARC for a book set to be released January 3rd 2017. When I received this book I had no idea what to expect. I have been on a psychological thriller/ detective story kick. So, this book sounded like it would be a good read between our book club reads. I did not anticipate how much I would really enjoy this book.
This book is one in which the characters are distinct and dynamic. Each character has their own belief system and characteristics without being mere stereotypes. Often in books like these the mystery takes precedence over character development or world building. However, this book truly had it all for me.
This story takes place in a small town. Yet, the “country” stereotypes are not present. It is so easy for characters to fall into the bumbling cop, lovable idiot, and innocent farmers daughters archetypes. Instead Meija built characters who were themselves despite of their surroundings. Hattie has become who she is because of the town she grew up in and is bitter because of that.
There is no solely good character in this book except maybe the Sheriff. All of the characters have dark sides and flaws. They are caught up in their own lives and secrets and the murder begins to shed light on this.
Part of what I like about this book is that there is no pretty bow tying up the story. Just like deaths in real life there is no “moral of the story.” A tragedy occurred just because it occurred not teach anybody a lesson.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you have the chance to read it you should jump at it.
What’s your most anticipated read of 2017?