by Annie Miles, John Byrne,
Isabel Eckersley, and Sorrel Provola
Series: Contains volumes I-IV
Publisher: Twisted Literary
Publication date: 2012
Genre: YA Suspense/Mystery
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon
Abigail Shelton is dead.
Alibi Volumes I-IV
Spring Valley's golden girl is found floating face-down in
her boyfriend’s pool, hands bound behind her back, head bleeding, drugs and
alcohol in her system. Her friends are the only suspects – and they all have
reasons to want her dead. Everyone has an alibi, but no one is innocent.
ALIBI is a 4-part young adult e-book series. Each
one-hundred page installment reveals the perspective of a different character:
the secret love, the nemesis, the boyfriend, the best friend. As their tales
unfold, we learn that Abby is not as perfect as everyone believes, but she’s
not the only one with secrets to hide. This page-turning tale of suspense,
betrayal, murder, and lust will keep fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little
Liars up and reading well past curfew.
a collection of four one hundred page novellas, that each delivers the POV of
a suspect. Written by four different
authors this murder mystery offers a refreshing and unique twist. I was
captivated from page one of the first book and became immersed in the characters. The synopsis states that each has
an alibi and no one is innocent. I found this to be delightfully true and
consumed this in a single evening.
The tale begins after the death of Abigail Shelton at the
police station. Through flashbacks each of the suspects takes us through the
weeks leading up to and including the night of the murder. Twists, sub-plots and
flawed characters makes this an exciting read. Since, I do not want to spoil the tale for you; I will treat this as a
single book. In the novellas we meet
each suspect and read their POV regarding the events that occurred. They are all flawed and the interrelationships
between them was complicated and crazy! All of them have reasons
to feel guilty and were up to no good; but only one of them committed the
crime. Discovering their secrets, motives and fears was an awesome experience.
The players; Charlie is an Australian who is in the states
to try to get a football scholarship. He is smooth with the ladies and juggling
a few secret relationships. He is
residing with his cousin, Ace. Did I mention he has a secret as to why
he left his homeland for his senior year of high school? Palmer is an
overachiever, a bastard and the daughter of a maid. She juggles school and a
job to help her mother keep their home. She discovers who her father is and that changes everything. Ace is the
spoiled, gifted son of a politician and executive. He lacks self confidence and feels like things
are falling apart. He was Abigail’s boyfriend. Rowan is Abigail’s best friend and nerd of the
group. She can be manipulative and often feels invisible. Abigail our victim can be sweet, demanding,
and at times cruel. I cannot say I was particularly fond of any of them but I was
The world-building in this collection was fascinating and
refreshingly unique. I am amazed at how these four authors collaborated to make
these different POV’s flow together into a tight, well written, suspenseful
murder mystery. Each of the characters
was well fleshed out and I believed each tale that unfolded. As I read each POV
my opinion of whom the murderer was changed and I was delighted by the
experience. My favorite novella of the group was Rowan.
I highly recommend Alibi Volumes I-IV to fans of murder mysteries, different
POV’s and strong, flawed characters. I
applaud the authors and Twisted Literary for putting together this intriguing read.
I will be on the lookout for more exciting things from them.
I want to thank Twisted Literary for providing this ARC in
exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this collection 4 coffee cups out of 5.
Labels: Alibi, Annie Miles, collection, Isabel Eckersley, John Byrne, mystery, Sorrel Provola, YA