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Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

Wish You Were Dead (Wish You Were Dead Trilogy (Hardback))Lucy Cunningham is the most popular girl in school. Most other girls either want to be her—or hate her. Madison Archer doesn’t really fall into either of these categories, being a generally good person, but she does feel guilty when Lucy vanishes after Madison dropped her off at home. This mysterious disappearance shocks the entire town, especially Madison who begins to doubt everyone around her. Fear builds up as more students disappear, and when an anonymous blogger’s death wishes are linked to these disappearances, paranoia sets in. In spite of very probably danger to herself, Madison sets out to find exactly what’s going on.

Wish You Were Dead is everything a reader could want in a thriller—but only if that reader has a thing for serial killers and gruesome deaths. The topic of this novel I feel is rather unfortunate because I belong to the group of readers that shy away from creepy stalkers and brutal murders in books. There’s really only so much of all this that I can take. The psychology of this story is interesting enough, but because it revolves around fear and harm, it was pretty disturbing to read about. The actual plot and character development were unfortunately too mediocre to override the story’s creep factor. Madison’s character was annoying and unrealistic; she appeared more a tool in solving the mystery of the disappearances that an actual person. The plot was too tied into the disturbing things for me to really get into or like although I can appreciate the somewhat surprising ending. I found Wish You Were Dead difficult to enjoy because of its disturbing topic and doubt readers of weaker constitution will be able to stomach this novel either.

Wish You Were Dead does appeal to readers interested in stalker and serial killers in the world of technology. I however recommend all other readers take caution regarding this book.

Rating: 2.5

Review copy from publisher EgmontUSA

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