Title: Nothing More To Tell
Author: Karen M. McManus
Genre: YA, Mystery/Thriller
Published: August 30th, 2022 (Delacorte Press)
Synopsis: Four years ago, Brynn left Saint Ambrose School following the shocking murder of her favourite teacher. The case was never solved, but she’s sure that the three kids who found Mr. Larkin’s body know more than they’re telling, especially her ex-best friend Tripp Talbot. He’s definitely hiding something.
When Brynn gets an internship working on a popular true-crime show, she decides to investigate what really happened that day in the woods. But the further she dives into the past, the more secrets she finds.
Four years ago someone got away with murder. Now it’s time to uncover the truth…
Brynn Gallagher left her old high school, Saint Ambrose, shortly after the mysterious murder of a teacher Mr Larkin. Now, four years later, she is returning to finish up her senior year, with an internship to a famous true crime show under her belt, and what better case to investigate than the still unsolved murder? She is certain that the three students who found the teacher are hiding something, including her former best friend Tripp. But as she continues to dig into the events surrounding the case, the tale grows complicated and there are more and more secrets to unearth to finally find the culprit who got away with murder.
Ever since I first started reading Karen McManus’ books, they’ve been auto-adds to my TBR and this was no exception. Nothing More To Tell was a fast paced read with plenty of twists and turns and an insane number of red herrings to the point that everyone looks legitimately suspicious at some stage in the story. The true crime podcast was a fun angle, and I thought it was a nice change of pace that the person investigating the mystery, Brynn, didn’t have anything to do directly with it. In previous books, the main character has always been either related to the victim, happened to witness the crime, was somehow closely connected or invested in the matter, but Brynn was investigating from an outside angle. It kind of reminded me a little of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder even though the podcast thread is very much in the background here.
Like the author’s previous books, this too does have multiple POVs, though only two this time – Brynn and Tripp. Brynn was a solid main character, reliable and sensible, but she felt like a really generic character to me and for some reason I had the hardest time connecting to her and was even less interested in her arc and all the drama surrounding her internship. Tripp’s backstory was much more engaging and I thought his arc was extremely well written and balanced between his POV and Brynn’s thoughts on him, given that for a good chunk of the book he is hiding some major secrets that made him look rather suspicious. While Charlotte didn’t feel like a major character initially, as the story progressed, her POV would have been really interesting to see, especially considering how the book ended.
The whodunnit aspect of the story was certainly intriguing, but I did feel that some of the effect of the mystery was kind of lost due to there being 4 years between the murder and when Brynn actually starts investigating it. Add to that, the only direct information about the murder was through the few flashbacks from Tripp’s perspective. This story was missing the tension that keeps me at the edge of my seat, something that I’ve come to expect from this author’s books.
The climax was ridiculously rushed, and the ending appeared out of nowhere with barely any solid resolution. After all the work Brynn did, she was ok with just letting the killer go? I suppose there is some room for a sequel with how much is left unresolved. While this book didn’t have me glued to the pages like some of the author’s other works, it was an enjoyable read and fun to piece together – what facts were available anyway. If you’re a fan of Karen McManus’ books, I would definitely recommend this one!
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