Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen

Title: Before They Find Us
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
Author: Michelle A. Hansen
Publisher: Priest Rapids Press
Release Date: November 2013
Book: Publisher through Netgalley (Thank you Priest Rapids Press!)
Recommended for: People who loves reading a fast-paced and thrilling book.


I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend's locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she's neck-deep in it with him, whatever "it" is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.


1. EVENTS - The book was indeed eventful. Every scene was breathtaking because imagine this; they (Rebecca & Ryan) is running away from a unknown person who is threatening to kill them both and they're not just running away from the unknown person, they are also running away from the police because Ryan is a wanted man because he was framed as a the one who bombed his school back in Las Vegas. Together they will find out who is the unknown person and why that person wants to kill the both.

CHARACTERS -  The characters were pretty good. They all played important roles that gives life to the story. They were flawed and that's why they seemed realistic. The main character is Rebecca Hales or call her, Beck. She is a seventeen-year-old girl who receives a death threat (well kind of) through text. At first, she thought it was just a wrong number but then as the story unfolds, the threats are getting sent frequently and Beck needs to find out who sends the threats before someone gets hurt. Moving on to Ryan, he is Beck's best friend since they were kids and Beck's has a secret crush on him ever since. When Ryan was framed by an unknown person that he was the reason behind the bombing at their school, he immediately called Beck to tell her that he wasn't responsible for what happened and of course, Beck believed Ryan since they're best friends. Since they will run away from the killer and the police, they will meet people along the way that will help them uncover who's the mysterious messenger, the bomber, and why they're making Beck and Ryan's life miserable but they should be careful who to trust because one wrong move and everything will blow up.

PLOT & WRITING STYLE - The plot was really amazing. I haven't read anything like this book before and it was really thrilling and I couldn't stop myself from reading it because I was really hooked. As for the writing style, it was written well. Every chapter has something to offer and it was fast-paced (for me). If it wasn't school day when I started reading this book, I would have probably read this in less than a day but then I had to do school stuffs, so, I had to stop but then I finished the book in the weekend in one sitting and trust me, the revelations blew my mind.

FINAL VERDICT - The book was amazing but I didn't like some part(s) because they were many kisses but don't worry, the whole book wasn't filled with kisses, only the several remaining chapters because Beck finally admitted that she loves Ryan. The ending was okay, I was totally fine with it. I was happy for everyone!



4.5/5 hearts!
Totally an awesome read, highly recommended!

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