From the publisher:
Both a taut whodunit and a haunting snapshot of the effects of a violent crime, Little Threats tells the story of a woman who served fifteen years in prison for murder…and now it’s time to find out if she’s guilty.
In the summer of 1993, twin sisters Kennedy and Carter Wynn are embracing the grunge era and testing every limit in their privileged Richmond suburb. But Kennedy’s teenage rebellion goes too far when, after a night of partying in the woods, her best friend, Haley, is murdered, and suspicion quickly falls upon Kennedy. She can’t remember anything about the night in question, and this, along with the damning testimony from a college boy who both Kennedy and Haley loved, is enough to force Kennedy to enter a guilty plea.
In 2008, Kennedy is released into a world that has moved on without her. Carter has grown distant as she questions Kennedy’s innocence, and begins a relationship with someone who could drive the sisters apart forever. The twins’ father, Gerry, is eager to protect the family’s secrets and fragile bonds. But Kennedy’s return brings the tragedy back to the surface, along with a whole new wave of media. When a crime show host comes to town asking questions, believing the murder wasn’t as simple as it seemed, murky memories of Haley’s death come to light. As new suspects emerge and the suburban woods finally give up their secrets, two families may be destroyed again.
This book was a whirlwind. It is slow to start and I found myself really disliking Kennedy. There was something about her character I couldn’t get my head to align with. That did not last long and the author does a really nice job weaving together multiple character narratives.
I have to admit a lot of this book was a real flashback for me. I was in middle school and highschool in the 90s and all the references that Kennedy and Carter give to what life as a pre-teen and a teenager drew me in and grounded me in the story. It also made me nostalgic for flannels, my goth days, and that deep desire I had to be acknowledged as different.
The story of Kennedy and Carter and their friend Haley’s death was a real whirlwind. I really enjoyed how we got the perspective of the victim’s family — and the perceived perpetrators family. So much of the book halfway through was a page turner. I was shocked at some of the reveals and certainly did not see the plot twists at all.
Not being able to predict the end of a story is always something I mark as a good author – if I can’t guess it and I’m shocked at the end of a book, it goes up a star for sure.
I can’t wait to read more from this author. This book was a good 4/5 stars. The prose was interesting, the descriptions were good, and she was able to write teenage angst fairly well. And the angst of being 30 as well!
My professional background in biotechnology as a research chemist and as a veterinary technician has allowed me to have experienced two vastly different fields and for that I am thankful. In both careers, I have mentored, encouraged, and developed talent.
As a mother of two (a daughter and a son), I’m a self-proclaimed backyard chicken guru and someone who has “foster failed” nearly all the animals currently running the household. Oh, and I maintain a husband in my spare time.