REVIEW: The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

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Break a rule, I’ll pick off the whole Bakersville Dozen, one by one. Happy Hunting!”

Back of the book blurb:

You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!
Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.
Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.
But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.
With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781510708051

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My rating:

“Stepping into my airy kitchen, I felt like I was floating—a prickly, unsteady kind of floating that made the entire scene seem unreal.”

            I was extremely stoked to finally read The Bakersville Dozen by the lovely Kristina McBride. With the blurb describing it as a mix of Gone Girl and Pretty Little Liars, it sounded right up my alley.

            The Bakersville Dozen are a group of girls who were featured in a video, which was released anonymously and is completely untraceable, that gives them all risqué nicknames and shows them in compromising positions. Bailey “Like A Virgin” Holzman is trying to navigate her life post-high school and post-video. She thought she was just going to go off to college and be with her high school boyfriend, Jude, but when she stumbles upon a horrifying scene and finds a red envelope with her name on it, she ends up going on a morbid and terrifying scavenger hunt.

            And when someone from her past shows up, her world gets shaken a little more.

“You expect me to believe you decided to walk out here—directly to our spot—the moment you saw me, and it has nothing to do with us?”

            Unpopular opinion: I love love triangles. They’re classic, and while they can go wrong, McBride does it so well. You feel every hesitation, skipped heartbeat, and breathless moment that Bailey feels. And even though I was team Wes from the beginning, I really, really liked Jude, too.

            McBride effortlessly weaves a scorching romance into this summer thriller and does it with the utmost elegance. It never felt distracting or out of place. And what else would bring two lovers closer together than going on a deathly scavenger hunt?

“Wes’s eyes narrowed. ‘Wait. Do you think this is me? Do you actually think I could do this to them? To you?”

Kristina McBride weaves a delicate web in which the reader will continue to change allegiances and not even trust themselves. You’ll have your favorites, but will you trust them? No. And that’s why The Bakersville Dozen is so exciting. I have never been so discombobulated in my entire life. Every new chapter, I was all, “Oh! It has to be this person.” And then the next chapter, my entire theory would change. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading The Bakersville Dozen.

Also, the book is so atmospheric and is such a perfect summer thriller!

            Kristina McBride truly finds her unique voice in The Bakersville Dozen. It was her most mature novel to date. Her words left me satisfied yet hungry for more. I didn’t want to put this book down.

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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