this book was a great murder mystery kind of book but it also included a lot of character development which made this book really enjoyable to read. The Girl in the Park was a great novel and the killer was not cliche or obvious at all!!!
*! WARNING! SPOILERS! *!
For my third IRA, I read The Girl In The Park by Mariah Fredericks. The book is set in New York City, New York. It follows the story of a girl named Rain, who was born with a cleft palate, and has some speech difficulties. She has gone to speech therapy, and she has improved, but when she was younger, her peers teased her for it, and it has greatly affected her life. She tries not to speak whenever possible, and when she does she is greatly embarrassed, and anxious that she will not be understood.
One morning, after attending a party the night before, she gets a call from an old friend's mother, asking if she's seen her daughter, since it's late and she hasn't come home. Rain tell her that no, she hasn't seen her, but she's sure she'll be home soon. Wendy has a promiscuous party-girl reputation, so they thought perhaps she was hooking up with some guy. Later that day, Rain’s mother gives her the news that Wendy (the old friend that disappeared) was found in Central Park, dead. There are several suspected killers, but one that really sticks out is a boy Wendy was supposedly infatuated with.
Rain begins to suspect him even more when a pin his girlfriend gave him that she received from the school, is found quite close to where the body is found. With guidance from a teacher, she tells the police about the pin, and soon after, the boy is arrested. Later, she is talking to the reporter who told her about the pin, and the reporter mentions something about the pin she didn’t before. The pin found near the scene of the crime is silver, whereas the pin the boy had was gold. After some research, she realizes it was not the boy, but the teacher who had assisted her in talking to the police. She confronts him, and he confesses to the murder.
As it turned out, he and Wendy were having an affair. Wendy wasn’t very careful and people started to catch on. To cover up their relationship, Wendy pretended to have a huge crush on the boy mentioned earlier. Everyone believed her. After a while the teacher began to worry that someone would find out, so he broke it off with her. Wendy didn’t take it so well. She would call his house, and threatened to tell his wife, and the school.He told her to meet him in Central Park, on the night of the party. He did not plan on killing her. He told her to make it look like she was leaving the party with the boy she supposedly had the huge crush on.
He was hoping to just talk to her, about how what they were doing wasn’t right, how it would
break up his marriage, he wouldn’t get to see his son again. She wanted them to live together.
When he disagreed with this idea, she got very angry. She took out her phone, dialed his house, saying “Time to tell wifey.”. He begged her not to do it, but she wouldn’t listen. So, he strangled her. After a bit more discussion, she leaves the room. She runs into a teacher, and though she is a bit hesitant, she finally says, “Mr. Farrell killed Wendy Geller.”. At the end of every school year, they have a ceremony for the new seniors. Rain sang a tribute for Wendy, and then the book ends.
I thoroughly enjoyed “The Girl In The Park”. It was excellently written, even though the author's writing style was different from the books I usually read. The characters were well developed, they weren’t overly cliche. The murderer wasn’t obvious, and the mystery kept you guessing.
I would recommend this book for anyone 13 years old and older.
I guessed who did it about halfway in (but it was not obvious, and the mystery was good). It was a good book, but I did find the writing style was not my favourite and the story dragged on quite a bit.
Very suspensful. This book kept me guessing who the killer was until the very end. I really liked Rain's character, and how she grew throughout the book.
It kept me guessing right up until the very end. Super good.
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