We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1) | REVIEW

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

We Know It Was YouIt’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.

Just like that, she’s gone.

Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.


1 Stars

* Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster for a honest review *

First Line:

It was very God-like, the thing she was doing.


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We Know it Was You by Maggie Thrash is a young adult novel about two teens who are apart of their high school’s mystery club who witness the school’s mascot jump off the bridge and try their best to solve it. With shoddy writing and a plot that was all over the place, I wouldn’t recommend anyone waste their time reading this one.

The Good

There was very little good with We Know it Was You, but it had a few things going for it. One being the concept, but a very loose concept from what we got. I liked the aspect of the two teens trying to solve the mysteries of their old boarding school. Secondly, it had potential for a great cast of characters, but Thrash failed at that too.

The Bad

This might get a bit ranty, because there was definitely more wrong with We Know it Was You, then there was right. We can start with the plot, if you want to call it that. The mystery aspect of it was all over the place. There seemed to be 3 or 4 mysteries thrown in just for fun. What started good turned bad real fast. There was child pornography, hypnotism, and rape as the main focus points and none of them were resolved by the end.

Now don’t get me started on the characters. Not a single one was likable. Benny was rude and extremely judgmental. Virginia was crass never thought for herself. She was very self reliant. Can we talk about all the villain type characters being PoC? That is exactly what happened here. It’s 2016, come on.

For a mystery novel Thrash’s writing wasn’t very compelling. With a very loose plot-line, the writing didn’t aid the book in any way. Now here is where it get’s tricky. There was several racist remarks made in We Know it Was You and I’m not sure if Thrash was trying to make her characters bigots or if she had other motives herself with making them. I felt very uncomfortable reading this book that I found myself putting it down several times because I was appalled.

Overall, I was vastly disappointed and would never read another book by this author again. I have not written many 1 star reviews before, and I don’t want to come off rude. I hope this review was constructive enough.

Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Maggie ThrashMaggie Thrash grew up in the south. She is the author of the graphic memoir, Honor Girl, published by Candlewick Press. Her short stories and non-fiction articles can be found on Rookie. Maggie Thrash is represented by Stephen Barr of Writers House.



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