Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Book Review: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Deadly Cool is a fun and gripping mystery book that follows Hartley Featherstone, an ordinary girl who is turned teen detective when dead bodies start accumulating at Herbert Hoover High. Similar in tone to Kaz Delaney's 2012 YA novel Dead, Actually, another whodunnit murder story for the high school crowd, Deadly Cool is written in a light-hearted way despite the serious subject matter (people are dying, yo).
The real star attraction of Deadly Cool is the smart and funny narration by protagonist Hartley who is prone to such one liners as "How was it fair that I had to conduct a murder investigation and do trig?". Hartley's sarcastic wit and humor keep the story fresh and funny even though there is a killer on the loose and all. Along with her BFF sidekick Sam and bad boy/future love interest Chase, Hartley must find out who the killer is to absolve her ex-boyfriend. The fact that her ex was cheating on her just goes to show how nice, or delusional, a character Harley is as she is still determined to help him.
Going by the cover of this book I was expecting something a bit more sinister or serious from Deadly Cool but it was really just pure entertainment with a few scary nail biting moments (remember that pesky killer?). The mystery element was well done and it was fun reading and trying to work out who was behind the murders along with Hartley. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series Social Suicide partly for more Hartley/Chase moments and partly to see what other tricks Halliday has up her sleeves for the sweet and sassy Hartley Featherstone. Deady Cool is a promising start to a new series which people who like a bit of mystery in their YA are sure to enjoy.