Killing Time – Brenna Ehrlich – Inkyard Press Winter 2022 YA Blog Tours

Hello readers! Welcome to my stop on the Inkyard Press Winter 2022 YA Blog Tour for Killing Time by Brenna Ehrlich! Thank you to Inkyard Press and the author for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this tour.

Title: Killing Time
: Brenna Ehrlich
Genre: YA, Mystery
: March 8th, 2022 (Inkyard Press)

Synopsis: Summer in Ferry, Connecticut, has always meant long, lazy days at the beach and wild nights partying in the abandoned mansions on the edge of town. Until now, that is.

Natalie Temple, who’s never been one for beaches or parties in the first place, is reeling from the murder of her favorite teacher, and there’s no way this true-crime-obsessed girl is going to sit back and let the rumor mill churn out lie after lie – even if she has to hide her investigation from her disapproving mom and team up with the new boy in town…

But the more Natalie uncovers, the more she realizes some secrets were never meant to be told.

Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Recent high school graduate Natalie is obsessed with true crime, much to her overprotective mother’s dismay, who does everything she can to discourage it. This is the last summer before everyone heads off to college and it should be a time to enjoy herself with her friends and party, but things take a turn when her favorite teacher and mentor, Mrs Halsey is murdered. Her teacher was the only one who understood her curiosity and interest in true crime, so Natalie is determined to find out who is responsible and begins her own investigation.

Between the true crime obsessed protagonist and her having a podcast, this premise brought to mind two of my favorite mystery/thriller novels: Truly Devious and A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, so I knew I had to read this book. This was a fast paced and engaging thriller with plenty of twists and turns that held my attention from start to finish. The narration style is very good, and it drew me into the story easily. I did however think, that Natalie’s podcast would have played a more central role in the story, but it’s barely mentioned outside of being one of the reasons for her investigation. The mystery itself was quite interesting, but I found Natalie and friend Katie’s investigation to be rather lacklustre – it was the plot that had my interest rather than the girls’ sleuthing which was a bit disappointing.

The inclusion of Natalie’s mom, Helen’s past perspective, struck me as a strange choice initially, but it becomes clear that there was a second mystery in this past timeline, which added another layer of suspense to the story. The storylines didn’t really converge until the very end of the book, but it certainly allowed the reader to pick up hints of why Helen is so against Natalie’s interest in true crime and provides a better understanding of her character. Natalie herself was not a character I particularly enjoyed, and with the series of incredibly reckless and ill advised decisions she made, I did not find her to be very relatable or even sympathetic. What this book does highlight very well is the fine line true crime enthusiasts must walk as they balance their interest in such a morbid topic while also remembering that these are about real people and their family and friends affected by these crimes. It’s something that Natalie discovered very quickly that reading about, and obsessing over true crimes is very different from seeing it in real life, especially since it involved someone she knew and was close to.

As for the ending, I felt like things came together way too quickly in the final chapters to the extent that I couldn’t fully enjoy the reveal. There wasn’t enough indication in the past timeline to allow the reader to begin to come to this conclusion until the facts were stated in the present timeline to join the dots, so it felt a bit clunky. Overall, this was an interesting read and a solid YA novel that teens would likely enjoy.

Killing Time releases on March 8th, 2022.

About the Author

Brenna Ehrlich is a journalist, YA author, and editor who has worked everywhere from MTV News to Rolling Stone. She resides in New Jersey with her husband Morgan and their two cats, Nimbus and Hazel. She enjoys horror movies and romcoms in equal measure.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram

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Do you plan to read this book? Let me know in the comments below!


16 thoughts on “Killing Time – Brenna Ehrlich – Inkyard Press Winter 2022 YA Blog Tours

  1. Stephanie March 7, 2022 / 9:36 am

    This sounds like an interesting plot that worked out a little too perfectly – bummer! I think it’s fun when true crime-obsessed characters end up having to deal with a murder mystery. It reminds me of Only Murders in the Building on Hulu.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 8, 2022 / 5:52 pm

      That’s a trope I like to see in mystery novels too as it suddenly makes the whole thing so much more realistic for the character! Thanks for reading!


  2. Not-So-Modern-Girl March 7, 2022 / 10:27 am

    This sounds like a really interesting read, although it’s a shame that it felt clunky towards the end. Thank you for sharing this review x

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  3. Molly Transatlantic Notes March 7, 2022 / 10:43 am

    I’m finding myself get more into true crime myself so this connects nicely with the character/story — I’m intrigued by this title even if the ending seemed a bit rushed.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 8, 2022 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks for reading! Yes, unfortunately the ending was a bit rushed for me, but still a good story overall.


  4. readandreviewit1 March 7, 2022 / 1:18 pm

    Great review! I loved the podcast in A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder so it’s a pity it wasn’t fully developed here, but it still sounds like an enjoyable read overall! Thanks for sharing.


    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 8, 2022 / 5:51 pm

      Yes, it was rather disappointing in that sense as the podcast didn’t really serve to enhance the plot in any way. Still, it was a pretty good read otherwise! Thanks for reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Jaya Avendel March 7, 2022 / 4:03 pm

    Huge fan of murder mysteries and the secrets that start to come out once people go looking for answers! Love the sounds and title of this book. 🙂

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