Author: Brenn Ehrlich
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Released: March 8, 2022
Warning: Consent issues, murder, grief
Killing Time is the first novel I’ve read by Brenna Ehrlich, but the title and description made me so curious that I knew I would have to give it a try. This novel blends many familiar genres, including mystery and thriller elements and some young adult themes.
Natalie Temple should be enjoying her summer break by spending time at the beach. But that’s never really been Natalie’s thing. This year she’s even less likely to indulge in partying since she’s reeling from the shocking murder of one of her favorite teachers.
So, rather than taking the summer to have a relaxing vacation, Natalie will dig into the mystery. How can she not, when the rest of the town seems inclined to look the other way? Only, the more Natalie digs, the more secrets she seems to find.
Do you know how sometimes a pretty cover will suck you in? That’s what happened to me with Killing Time. Right away, I knew that it would be a book I read. The description simply sealed the deal. I confess that I have a weak spot for novels that promise a character too stubborn to look away from a crime.
Killing Time is a book that’s easy to get into. We have a brutal murder, a conflicted teen, and many hidden secrets. So naturally, there’s a lot to get caught up in. Overall, I liked Natalie’s perspective on the story. It was a unique take on the matter, having a teenage girl look into the murder of her favorite teacher and all that. I know it’s probably been done before, but not in anything I’ve read (I think).
The pacing was solid, keeping the story flowing from one event to another. However, some scenes could probably have used another working over. For example, a scene had a certain lack of consent that bugged me. I would have loved to see the author either rework that scene or revisit it later in the novel to help explain the context and problematic nature.
If you enjoy young adult mystery/thrillers with many teenage complications and emotions, then I think you’ll enjoy Killing Time.
Thanks to Inkyard Press and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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