Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Book Review: Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

Chasing Truth
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames (Book 1)
Publication: Entangled: Teen (September 27, 2016)

Description: When former con artist Eleanor Ames’ homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

My Thoughts: Eleanor Ames is seventeen and attending Holden Prep in Virginia. She is a former con woman who became an informant for the FBI intending to turn in her father but her mother got caught instead. She living with her older sister Harper and her sister's Secret Service boyfriend Aidan. Things aren't all that good. Neither Ellie nor Harper have birth certificates or Social Security numbers which limits their options. Harper is working as a nanny pretending to be from Germany.

Ellie is grieving the apparent suicide of her only friend at Holden. She was the last one to see senator's son Simon Gilbert when he dropped her off at home after the Spring Dance. He was found a couple of hours later in his home. When her new neighbor Miles Beckett enrolls at Holden and starts asking questions about Simon, Ellie decides to investigate too.

Holden Prep is a hotbed of secrets with drugs, blackmail, and secret relationships really common. And both Miles and Ellie have their own share of secrets. As they investigate to find out what really happened after Simon dropped her off, many secrets are unearthed. And Ellie and Miles are falling in love.

I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. I liked that Ellie found a way to use the skills her parents instilled in her as a con artist to unravel the mystery. I also liked that she was conflicted about using those skills and living an honest life.

Favorite Quote:
I used to think of the kids at Holden as an alien species -- a culture I needed to learn and mimic in order to infiltrate. But now I'm not so sure we're that different.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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