Sunday, August 24, 2014

ARC Review: Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen

Title: Before They Find Us
Author: Michelle A. Hansen
Pages: 334
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: I’m going to make you wish you were dead.  Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right? Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend's locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.  Now she's neck-deep in it with him, whatever "it" is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why. Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life. Review: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I find that there aren't as many YA (bordering NA) mystery thrillers out there as I would like, so I was glad when I had the chance to read this one. I found Before They Find Us to be a quick read that was extremely well thought out and detailed. I lost myself in the story very easily. This was a heart pounding and nail biting read the had me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what crazy twist would happen next. I loved Beck and Ryan, their willingness to do anything and I mean anything for one another was very endearing. I loved how witty and sarcastic Beck was and I loved how she could easily banter wit the other characters. I found her to be exceptionally brave because I wouldn't have been able to survive what she went through. I would love a prequel to this story from Mary Kay's point of view. I am excited to see what else this author has to offer. Anyone who loves mysteries and thrillers will love this book.

About this author

Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years. Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irrationally large stash of pens and notebooks.

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