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To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 4:54pm

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough tells the story of Erin Blake who, as a toddler, survived alongside the corpse of her murdered mother for three days. Fourteen years later, her mother’s murder still hasn’t been solved. A self-taught forensics expert, Erin has been trying to solve the case herself, but when Erin’s biology teacher is murdered, she has her suspicions that the two cases are connected. As she continues to try to solve the murders herself, she becomes the police’s main suspect, along with her crush, Journey. But after a string of near-death accidents, it seems as though catching her mother’s killer may cost Erin her own life.

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It kept me guessing, and the twist at the end caught me by surprise. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew or the TV show, Veronica Mars. Erin is a really interesting and relatable character, and through out the book, you become quite invested in the outcome of her investigation. One thing I thought was really great about this book is that since it is written in first person, you get all of Erin’s thoughts and feelings. You also get to see how Erin's friends and family become more and more concerned about her as she becomes obsessed with solving the case, even though she doesn’t see it herself. Even the reader doesn’t really notice until it is pointed out. Overall, I think this book is great not only for mystery lovers, but for anyone looking for great characters and an interesting read.

- Lilja, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

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Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case-which remains unsolved-fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past. Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own. Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.