Author: Nikki Trionfo
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Published: May 9th, 2017
Paperback: 352 pages
FTC FTI: Received a PDF from the publisher, all views and opinions expressed are my own.
When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem Jefferson becomes convinced the death was no accident—it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far is one clue. She knows Carrie hired a gang member to protect orchard workers. Problem is, Salem doesn't know who.
To find out, Salem pursues the gang-bangers who rule her town, especially classmate Cordero. As her distrust of Cordero heats up, so do the number of suspects in Carrie's death. Teachers and school officers are orchard owners. They have every reason to stop farm workers from demanding higher wages. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. Meanwhile, the people who live on orchards and the people who pick them are drawing lines in the sand.
The only way for Salem to learn the truth is to slip behind those enemy lines.
The only way to survive is to find a way back out.
This book is fast-paced, well-written gem. The plot is page turning and exciting. I enjoyed how the book is told and I appreciated the author's way of letting the reader know when the back-story and/or a different time was being referenced. I loved all the characters. Especially, of course, Salem. She wanted to know so badly what happened to her sister, that she sometimes would place herself in danger to get more answers. The author does a great job of introducing characters and keeping the story moving steadily along. I would go back and forth as to "who-dunit" and I was definitely surprised!
4 out of 5 stars! I am excited to read more from this promising author.
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Nikki Trionfo lives in Riverton, Utah with five kids, a CrossFit-training husband who writes computer code, and lots of hip hop background music. Her teen murder mystery, SHATTER (May '17 from Cedar Fort), won grand prize in LDStorymakers’ First Chapter Alongside Heather Clark, she hosts free writing webinars on YouTube at #50FirstChapters.
A committed party-girl, Nikki serves as the social coordinator of LDStorymakers Conference and chair of Storymakers Tribe. Other notable stuff includes an honorable mention in Writers of the Future and a spot in Utah Horror Writer's shorty-story anthology. This all sounds really serious, but if you run into her, she gets down. Truly.
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