Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 689 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.
Unfortunately, Friendship's police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth's best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth's secret diary (which Ruth's mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.
Geeze Louise, for such a small town, there sure are a lot of murders in Friendship, Wisconsin.
After helping to catch the man who murdered her best friend, Kippy Bushman was looking forward to life returning to normal. Well, at least as normal as it could get in a town like hers. But then the unthinkable happens: Kippy finds her boyfriend, Davey, in his house, barely breathing and surrounded by pills and empty beer bottles.
The sheriff is quick to rule the incident an attempted suicide, but Kippy refuses to believe it. She and Davey are completely in love; there's no way he'd ever hurt himself. Right?
Kippy swears she saw someone else at Davey's house that night and is convinced that person tried to murder him. Without any real evidence, though, no one—not even Kippy's own father—believes her. So she has no choice but to team up with her former nemesis, Bible-thumping Libby, to try to catch this new killer. But in a town where everyone has their own secrets and a next-door neighbor could be a serial killer, who's left to trust?
These books was just absolutely fantastic and enjoyable! Loved reading about these characters, loved the mystery, loved the romances, and yeah, these books were just so darned enjoyable! Loved how everything worked out!
For some reason, from reading the synopsis, I got the idea that this town was full of murders, like every single citizen. I don't know why. It's just the idea that I got. And now I want to read a book like that! These weren't that, they were something separate and different, and I enjoyed them just as much as I would what I thought they would be!
I loved these characters! Kippy with her need of connection, of someone being there, to the point where she bites them, hugs them too tight, and digs her nails in. Davey, with PTSD, who shot off his finger so he could come home from the war for his sister's funeral. Her dad, Dom, a middle school guidance consoler, self-professed psychologist, and a bit of a overly-involved parent.
Miss Rosa, the Polish instructor of the Non-Violent Communication Group and her unknown past and strange but useful quircks like she doesn't like to be touched. Libby, who is so beautiful, and has basically been thought of as a sex object since she devolved when she was 10. Oh, and around that time, coming go Gah, since since saying God is bad. I can see Oh My Gah, but not Gah would want me to do this. These characters had their quirks, and were just so readable because of them, it made them real!
Sheriff Staake was pretty unbelievable. He was lazy, he formed an opinion and then didn't check to see it was right, and he didn't listen to reason. Oh, and I don't know if what Kippy heard when her rights were read was what was actually being said, or her tuning out what was being said. But if that was what he was saying, then he didn't probably read out her rights. Which is bad!
One thing that I really loved, was her lists of attributes the killer might have, one per book and killer. They were helpful, and in book 1's case, helped her figure out the bad guy. In book 2, it was more to keep track of the clues, but it was still really awesome!
It sucked that we didn't get much Davey in book 2, which with the supposed suicide attempt. The book just felt a little diminished then the first book. Oh, and that Kippy didn't have really any mentions of biting or hugging!
I'm conflicted over whether I want a sequel-a sequel means more conflict, but more time with characters! But what conflict? Because these two books mysteries were linked by Ralph. And while he only personally killed in the first book, he got another to kill in the second.
So awesome to read these books, and
Author: Kathleen Hale
Series: No One Else Can Have You #1, 2
Read: March 21st, 22nd, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded really fantastic, and I wanted to read them! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books! And No One Else Can Have You is a DAC Book and a LLFL Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: January 7th 2014, January 5th 2016
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