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Blurb (from Goodreads):
At Hawthorne Lake Country Club your trust fund can’t buy you happiness, but if it’s big enough, it almost always buys innocence. When Willa Ames-Rowan drowns in Hawthorne Lake everyone who’s anyone knows James Gregory is the one who killed her. But no one will ever say a word. Enter The W.A.R. Four girls, four motives to avenge Willa’s death, and only one rule: Destroy the Gregory brothers at any cost. The girls pool their trust funds and devise a series of elaborate pranks to deliver their own particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won, but it’s the truth about what really happened that night that stands to destroy them all.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Soho Teen and Edelweiss.)
The body of Willa Ames Rowan has just been dragged from the lake, after a boating trip gone wrong. People are saying that her death was an accident, but her sister Marge, her friends Sloane and Lina, and an employee’s daughter from the country club – Rose, know that it was no accident. Willa was killed by the James Gregory, his brother Trip helped cover it up, and their grandfather threw money at the problem to make it go away.
Marge, Rose, Sloane, and Lina make a pact though – to bring the Gregory boys to justice, and to make sure that everyone knows just how dirty the Gregory’s really are.
Who really killed Willa though? How can the girls ever get proof of what happened? And how will they get their revenge?
This was an interesting murder-mystery story that reminded me of a cross between ‘John Tucker Must Die’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’.
The four girls in this story had two reasons for trying to get even with the Gregory’s – 1, because they believed that James had killed Willa, and 2, because they were sick of the Gregory’s getting away with whatever they wanted just because they were rich.
I totally got why the girls did what they did, and I also felt their frustration that justice wouldn’t be served just because the Gregory’s had money, and paid their way out of their problems. I also got their frustration when everything they did to try and dirty the boy’s reputation or to get them disinherited failed miserably.
I liked the storyline in this book, and it was pretty frustrating to see the Gregory boys getting away with murder. The storyline reminded me of a cross between ‘John Tucker Must Die’ – with the girls plotting revenge, and ‘Pretty Little Liars’ – with the mystery of who really killed Willa?
Strangely enough, some of the girl’s plans in this story even mimicked those in - ‘John Tucker Must Die’, such as dosing the boys with hormone pills to make them grow breasts.
I think the best part of this book for me was the mystery over who really killed Willa, which wasn’t revealed until the end. As it turned out things didn’t happen exactly as I expected, but the real events weren’t far off what we were told to assume at the beginning of the book. I did like the fact that we got a view of the murder from Willa’s point of view at the end though.
The ending was quite interesting actually, but did seem to go against everything that the girls had been working on. It was like they were made to see things from a certain point of view, and to stop their efforts to bring the killer to justice, even when they had solid proof of who killed Willa! Bit of an odd one, but it did fit with the theme of ‘money talks’.
Overall; an interesting YA murder mystery – think ‘John Tucker Must Die’ meets ‘Pretty Little Liars’.
7 out of 10.