by J. Mercer
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: January 2019
One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.
Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets.
#★★★★★ for Triplicity, a Young Adult Mystery by J Mercer where three unlikely characters become friends when they are all connected through thefts happening on a cruise ship.
I really liked how Mercer connected every one of the characters in this novel when at the beginning they were nothing but strangers. We were taken through their journey of each day on the cruise and the sections were broken down by which character was talking at the moment, but done in such a way that it wasn’t confusing but was easy to follow. Each main character brought something to the story and you really felt for them and the kind of life they led. Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah were my favorites and Mercer wrote them in such a way that you felt as if you knew them for ages.
This book had me guessing up until the end who could’ve been doing the robberies, Mercer making sure to not give it away too soon.
I couldn’t stand the adults in this story. Isaiah’s grandmother didn’t seem to care about what made her grandson happy. Delilah, Guy, and Eliza didn’t have any moral grounds that I was disgusted when reading about what they were doing.
I would recommend this book to all those who love a little bit of mystery mixed in coming of age books.
About the Author
J Mercer grew up in Wisconsin where she walked home from school with her head in a book, filled notebooks with stories in junior high, then went to UW Madison for accounting and psychology only to open a dog daycare. She wishes she were an expert linguist, is pretty much a professional with regards to competitive dance hair (bunhawk, anyone?), and enjoys exploring with her husband—though as much as she loves to travel, she’s also an accomplished hermit. Perfect days include cancelled plans, rain, and endless hours to do with what she pleases.
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