The Last to Die
Poisoned Pen, 2017 (2017)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs' life looks pretty great from the outside. She’s popular at school, a starter on her soccer team, and a good student without working really hard. At home she's the daughter of an alcoholic mother, takes care of her hearing-impaired little sister, avoids her workaholic dad, and tries not to think of her druggie older brother who is in rehab again.
rash, sarcastic and often outspoken, Harper is always up for a challenge. When Alex suggests a way to have some fun and make a little money, she's the first to agree. Of course, the break-ins he has planned might not be totally legal, but that makes the idea more thrilling. None of them really need the money.
arper's group of friends have hung out since grade school. Gin has always been Harper's guy. Alex dates Sarah Dietz, Harper's sometimes friend and rival, and Alex's cousin Benji dates Paisley. They live in the same neighborhood with nice houses on large lots. The break-ins will stay within the homes of their group only, and happen only when the family is out of town. Alarm codes and keys are easily shared. They'll only take things that can be replaced by their parents, and not steal from each other.
hen these break-ins happen without a hitch, Alex is ready to spread out and include classmates' homes in the burglaries. Harper doesn't take much convincing. She even chooses the next target, but things don't go well and not long afterwards, one of their group turns up dead. Harper thinks she knows who the killer is, but who would believe her? Guessing might get her killed.
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