When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day. She’s pretty sure she didn’t mean to do it. She’s a victim too. But her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down. In Melody’s eyes, Cassidy is a murderer and always will be.
And then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information about what happened. She knows she should go to the cops, but…she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.
Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what’s really going on, before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.
Point of view:
First person. Entirely from Cassidy’s perspective.
I bought this, not only because it was a Chirp deal for $2.99, but because I love Amy McFadden’s narrations. I’m also on a bit of a suspense kick lately and this was a great addition to my recent listens.
While this stand alone YA has a bit of a romantic element – the main focus is a mystery/suspense aspect. Cassidy tries to Nancy Drew… if Drew was worried about whether or not she’s played a part in a murder. I found myself frustrated with Cassidy at different points during the story, mostly due to her immaturity – but she is only 17 and deeply concerned about protecting not only herself but the few friends she has left.
Ultimately, it kept me intrigued and guessing. I didn’t figure out the “whodunnit” until it was revealed which is an indicator of a solid mystery to me. Cassidy gets answers, but ones that she didn’t expect.
This is the debut novel for Chelsea Ichaso, but her writing deserves the praise it’s received and I’m looking forward to more of her work.
I really get a kick out of the fact that Amy McFadden can bring anyone to life – from child to teen to college age and beyond. Here she does a wonderful job of evoking the emotions of, at turns angsty and frightened, teens. Her portrayal of the Cassidy’s tormentors was particularly unnerving. A great listen.
About the author:
Chelsea Ichaso writes twisty thrillers for young adults, including LITTLE CREEPING THINGS (Sourcebooks Fire, 2020) and GIRLS CAN’T TELL SECRETS (Sourcebooks Fire – Releasing April 5th, 2022). A former high school English teacher, she currently resides in southern California with her husband and children. When she’s not reading or writing, Chelsea can be found on the soccer field.
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About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.
I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.
I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.
I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.
I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.
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My Favorite Quotes
I’ve spent the past ten years trying to erase this image. Fire Girl. – Little Creeping Things by @chelseaichaso #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator @chirpbooks #YA #Mystery #Suspense #DetectiveTweet
The look on Gideon’s face at the sawmill. It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen that look in my life. But it was the first time I’ve seen it from him. – Little Creeping Things by @chelseaichaso #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator @chirpbooks #YA #Mystery #Suspense #DetectiveTweet
The woods are real therapy for the soul. – Little Creeping Things by @chelseaichaso #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator @chirpbooks #YA #Mystery #Suspense #DetectiveTweet
“It can’t be that bad.” “Oh, with me, it’s usually worse than you’d imagine.” – Little Creeping Things by @chelseaichaso #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator @chirpbooks #YA #Mystery #Suspense #DetectiveTweet
Things would have been better for everyone if I’d just died in that fire.- Little Creeping Things by @chelseaichaso #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator @chirpbooks #YA #Mystery #Suspense #DetectiveTweet
I let those little creeping things embed themselves inside my brain, inside my very core, until they ate away at who I was.- Little Creeping Things by @chelseaichaso #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator @chirpbooks #YA #Mystery #Suspense #DetectiveTweet