Two Sides to Every Murder

Danielle Valentine

YA Thriller

From the author of How to Survive Your Murder comes a propulsive thriller about two teens who return to the site of the famous murder case that sealed their fates.

Most people’s births aren’t immortalized in a police report—but Olivia was born during the infamous Camp Lost Lake murders. Seventeen years later, Olivia’s life looks pretty perfect . . . until she discovers the man she calls dad is not her biological father. Now she wants answers about her bloodline, and the only place she knows to look is Camp Lost Lake.

Most people don’t spend their formative years on the run with an alleged murderer—but Reagan did. In the court of public opinion, her mom was found guilty of the deaths at Camp Lost Lake, and both of them have been in hiding ever since. But Reagan believes in her mother’s innocence and is determined to clear her name.

Luckily for Olivia and Reagan, Camp Lost Lake is finally reopening, providing the perfect opportunity to find answers. But someone else is dead set on keeping the past hidden, even if it means committing murder.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Camp Lost Lake is reopening for the first time since some grisly murders 16 years ago. Both Raegan and Olivia are determined to find answers to what happened.

“I came here to learn the truth, but the truth was so much more complicated than I ever thought it could be.”

The story starts out strong with the mystery of Olivia’s biological dad, then amplifies when we start hearing the details of the murders so long ago. Lots of information is missing from that night and the murders were never solved, even though there is a suspect who has been on the run since.

As the story progresses, it turned into a creepy slasher-type story where many were being killed and everyone was running or hiding for their lives. Each character came under suspicion, each character played a part in the events of the present (or possibly past), and it was never short on excitement. My only complaint is that the many characters were hard to keep track of but it didn’t take away from the story. I loved getting multiple POVs which provided me with insight that most characters didn’t have.

It ended with a bang and a lot of life-altering information. Then the last few pages threw another twist out and I have to say I didn’t love that one but it still made for a fun story. I recommend this to those that love a fast paced YA thriller!

General content summary: 

Some language

Intense scenes of being chased and possibly “hunted”

Deaths (blood, multiple arrow deaths, possible drowning death)

Panic attack (few but some details)

Gun threat 

Fall from a large height  

Corpse (strangulation, large impact, some details of bodies)

Injury (blood, sharp object, pain, multiple)

F/F attraction and kiss

Pregnancy and birth 

Early onset Alzheimer’s and care for it (previous)

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for the copy!

The book releases June 4, 2024.

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