Monday, February 26, 2018



People Like Us
Title: People Like Us
Author: Dana Mele
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons 
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. 

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.


People Like Us was a murder-mystery romp that was unputdownable! 

My favorite thing about this novel had to be the setting. (A boarding school for rich girls? Trouble is bound to blossom). Fall was the perfect time of year for the novel to take place; It added such an integrative element to the story. It made the whole atmosphere rich with suspense and gave you an overall chill while reading it.

The characters were likable and I definitely found myself becoming attached to most of them. I wish a few would have had larger roles, or a bit more background (looking at YOU, Greg and Tricia!) but otherwise each one had compelling storylines. Spencer was sassy and sexy and HELLO! I need more of him too-please hook me up with a prequel or companion novel, Dana! As for the main character, Kay, I thought she was pretty cool! Her voice was easy to follow, she was down-to-earth, dedicated, slightly damaged, and I found myself rooting for her.

I ADORED the mystery aspect of this novel. Secrets galore, dead bodies, and a dash of blackmail-definitely equals a recipe for an awesome page turner. I was guessing up until the very last chapters on who the culprit was!

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to Bates Academy and I'd definitely recommend you take a trip there yourself!  

Dana Mele
About the Author 

Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.

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