To Catch a Killer: A Novel by Sheryl Scarborough

To Catch a Killer: A Novel

bySheryl Scarborough

Kobo ebook | February 7, 2017

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“A twisty, cold-case mystery custom made for fans of Sara Shepard, PLL and Veronica Mars! The edge-of-your-seat plot, sinister backstory and smart, brave and irreverent main character made this whodunit unputdownable.”—Justine Magazine

In To Catch a Killer, a contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses forensic science to solve the cold-case murder of her mother. Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.

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Title:To Catch a Killer: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1466885483

ISBN - 13:9781466885486


Rated 4 out of 5 by from To Catch a Killer was such a fun book to read! Erin was such an interesting character. I absolutely adored reading about her and her adventures. The plot was unique and intriguing that it kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more and find out what happens next. I also enjoyed the fact that this book featured a lot of forensic science. Her friends were such a blast to read, I adored every single side character in the book. What made it even more enjoyable was that every single character had their own voice, they all had distinct personalities and traits of their own. I loved the friendship between Erin, Spam, and Lisa as well as Erin's relationship with her mother's friend, Rachel, who took her in after her mother's death. It was so heartwarming to see Erin's relationships with those closest to her develop as they try to solve this well crafted mystery. The only thing I didn't really like was the insta-love. I'm not going to spoil it but if you pick up the book, you will know what I'm talking about. Something that I didn't necessarily like but didn't really bother me (as much as the insta-love) was the fact that I knew who the killer was from chapter five. Yep. It was a bit predictable but nonetheless enjoyable. In the end, this was such an enjoyable book to read. I loved every second of it. If you like CSI, Veronica Mars, or are a fan of mystery, I highly suggest you pick this book up if you haven't already.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I was probably 20 pages in and had already had a solid guess on who the killer might be and I turned out to be right. The writing was okay but I found the story to be pretty corny.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I was probably 20 pages in and had already had a solid guess on who the killer might be and I turned out to be right. The writing was okay but I found the story to be pretty corny.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the dialogue. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Your usual murder mystery... nothing new... For Those Who Enjoyed: Cuckoo’s Calling, Castle, Law and Order, NCIS, etc Would I Select it for Publication? Given there are so many cop procedurals out there about murder cases, this one’s a little too cookie cutter for me. The title even sounds exactly like every other true crime program on tv right now. There is obviously a market for books like these, otherwise we wouldn’t have dozens and dozens of crime series out there. As far as crime novels go, you kind of have to start with a bang. There’s a reason why every crime show opens with the murder itself and backtracks. Instead, in this, Scarborough opens with a witness investigation. Which, in terms of the crime plot structure, isn’t necessarily the most interesting part of the murder mystery formula. (In my humble opinion.) Right away, I wanna know how did the person die, and who are they. All we know from this chapter is that it’s the protagonist’s teacher, and there was a lot of blood. Obviously, if you’re a die-hard mystery reader (which I’m not), and you like to have a quick, poolside read during your holidays, then maybe this is right up your alley. It’s just not quite up mine…
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel This novel had me hooked from the very first page, I highly recommend this novel to everyone.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Story that Conveniently Keeps You Guessing To Catch a Killer left me with mixed feelings. I enjoyed the overall story but I wasn't impressed with the mystery. It left more to be desired. However, as a hardcore crime show fan I was crazy excited about the forensic aspect in the book. My main problem with To Catch a Killer was the lack of suspense to the story. I was expecting something gritty and dramatic but what I got was a little plain. Almost anticlimactic. Don't get me wrong, the story kept me guessing till the end but there just wasn't any real twists or turns. The clues were very in-your-face and too easy. I feel like the overall storyline wasn't developed enough. Some of the facts and ideas weren't incorporated into the story and only came up when needed or when it's convenient. Maybe I watch too many crime shows but a lot of my predictions came true. Nothing surprised me. A major point of the story was left unresolved but the possibility presented definitely peaked my interest. I'll be looking forward to book two for some answers. Now what I love the most about this book was the forensics. It was thrilling and stimulating to read about the procedures and experiments Erin conducted. You can tell Ms. Scarborough did her research. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were super insightful. I confess that I rated this book a little higher because of all the forensic talk~ Erin was a likable character. I sympathized with her need to know but I did not enjoy seeing how lovesick she was for the school's golden boy Journey. Especially after he gets entangled in her investigation. Barely any time passed before they're into each other. There wasn't enough development to their relationship to convince me of their romance. And the way Erin fretted over her feelings for him irked me. We're in the middle of solving a murder, maybe two, and all you can think about is your crush/boyfriend? *cue eye roll* There's a case of awesome friendship in To Catch a Killer. Erin's best friends, Spam and Lysa were essential to her (investigation). Without them she wouldn't have been able to solve anything or even stayed alive. They're smart, quick and resourceful but most of all they cared deeply for Erin. The way they always stood by her makes them total keepers. Don't go into To Catch a Killer expecting a dramatic murder mystery because you will be disappointed. But if procedural dramas are your thing then this book will be a fun read with useful forensic facts and a bonus of amazing friendship rep.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book really shows that things aren’t always as they seem. I think the novel, To Catch a Killer, is a very intriguing and intense book. I don’t believe that this book is for ages lower than 11 or 12, but the book itself is very interesting. The character is likable which definitely adds suspense to whether or not she will be okay. This book really shows that things aren’t always as they seem.
Date published: 2016-12-08