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The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir
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The Girl in the Picture

by Alexandra Monir

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I'm not sure what gave me the impression this was going to be a book on supernatural events now I reread the summary. While I wasn't entirely wrong, this was the sort of book that had a little of each genre. Unfortunately, it didn't excel in any of them.

Chace is found dead and the story is confusing. Who'd want to kill him? Until the pictures of him and another girl leak, making The Girl in the Picture and his official girlfriend persons of interest.

The book is narrated by both girls, telling us the story on two times starting from when they met Chace and from when they find the news. I usually don't like alternated POVs but the voices were different enough. At the same time, Lana's was exaggerated and that really killed her character for me.

I loved the first scene but then it takes a while for you to get into the story. It did grip me at some point. Also, this was a quick read. Once you get through the first quarter or third, you probably won't stop.

However, the hints and twists weren't enticing enough to make me hold my breath. This is no memorable thriller. You can guess the whole backstory from the second chapter, so all the flashbacks felt dragging, and the romance failed to swoon me over.

At last, I didn't like the answer to what happened to Chace. I wonder why it turned out like that when there were a couple of explanations with fewer holes. Really, it left me wondering whether the author was forced into a plan C. It was a pity, as I expected a much detailed reason for all. Not that it was bad, just disappointing.

So, this was a pleasant reading. I had a good time and plan to read more from this author. In addition, I feel the genres blended well, even if they didn't make one another glow. I was hoping for something with more oomph but this was nice. I recommend to those who don't have problems with a bit of melodrama in your story.

(Review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. I want to also thank the publisher for giving me this opportunity.) ( )
  AnnaBastos | Jun 13, 2017 |
Nicole Morgan had spent her entire life practicing her violin in hopes of someday getting a scholarship to attend Juilliard, and hadn’t given any thought to relationships. She and Chace seemed to have some sort of electricity that drew them together. With him she felt loved, wanted and alive. Her world shattered when he was found murdered.

Beautiful and rich Lana Rivera spent her whole life living up to her Congresswoman mother’s version of the perfect daughter. She was used to having a certain role in their political life so, when her mother suggested she start dating a rival Congressman’s son to find out family secrets, she did as asked but didn’t realize how hard she would fall for handsome Chace Porter. With Chace she felt loved, wanted and alive. Her world shattered when he was found murdered.

As Lana and Nicole’s relationship grows from being strangers, to roomies, besties and, finally, to mortal enemies, the story of what happened to Chace is slowly unraveled. Their voices speak in alternating cliffhanger ending chapters, which leap from the past to the present. Each of them are suspects in Chase’s murder but, with additional clues, more suspects are added to the drama. Readers find themselves thinking they know whodunit – only to find out they were wrong. The surprise ending will come as a huge shock.

Highly recommended for ages 14 and older.

Book review link: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-girl-in-the-picture-alex... ( )
  sunshinealma | Mar 11, 2017 |
This story is a mystery and a story of a secret love and a story of family secrets all taking place at an exclusive school.

The story begins with the discovery of soccer star and Congressman's son Chace Porter's body in the woods. In his pocket is a strip of photos taken at the fair. The problem is that the photos are of he and Nicole Morgan, not he and his girlfriend Lana Rivera, also the daughter of a Congresswoman.

The story jumps back and forth in time from when Chace first came to the school as a junior and meets both Lana, who is a social butterfly, and Nicole, who is a music geek. Lana decides that he would be the perfect boyfriend and someone she deserves. And, despite being attracted to him herself, Nicole can't believe someone so unbelievable would every be interested in her and so she pushes him toward Lana.

Circumstances contrive to throw Chace and Nicole together and their relationship deepens but Nicole doesn't want to hurt her friend Lana. It isn't until the spring before his death that Chace and Nicole come out to Lana who doesn't take the revelation of their relationship well. Her reaction and an accident that scars Nicole's face makes Nicole shy away from Chace.

Now that his body has been found, the hunt is on to find out who murdered him. Nicole is quickly becoming the prime suspect especially since someone seems to be framing her for the crime. Is it Chace's parents who don't want his family secret exposed? Is is Lana's mother who thinks Lana might have had a part in the death? Or is it someone else?

This story had twists and turns and was filled with emotional ups and downs. It also has some appearances of Chace from beyond the grave who isn't going to move on until he is sure that his love Nicole is cleared of any suspicion. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember who killed him but he is there at crucial moments to support Nicole.

This was a fast-paced story that I read in one day. I couldn't stop reading until I found out who killed Chace. Fans of mysteries and love stories will enjoy this book. ( )
  kmartin802 | Nov 5, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385743904, Hardcover)

One dead body, one photograph, one comprimising secret. Everyone's a suspect in this classic "who done it" murder mystery from Timeless author, Alexandra Monir.  

Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things—the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep.
The girl in the picture.
After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him—and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend.
Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder. 
What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him? 
In alternating points of view—that of suspect Nicole Morgan and that of Lana Rivera—The Girl in the Picture helps readers piece together the truth behind a friend’s betrayal, a boy’s murder, and way too many secrets.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:15:27 -0400)

When a popular high school boy's found murdered, everyone's surprised he carried pictures of himself with Nicole Morgan, a shy "music geek" no one knew was close to him.

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