All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris (Aurora Teagarden #9)
Published October 4th 2016 by Minotaur Books
Goodreads Summary: Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them.
Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.
While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts?
Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?
With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.
After more than a decade, #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series with All the Little Liars, a fabulously fun new mystery.
Review: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I first requested this book, I didn’t realize that it was book 9 in a series that I had yet to read. I loved Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series so I wanted to read this one as well. I ended up buying used copies of books 1-8 and reading them over the last two months to prepare for this 9th installment. I can definitely see why Aurora Teagarden is a fan favorite.
I really enjoyed reading the series and I think this book was one of the best in the series. The book picks up almost right after the events in book 8. Roe’s little brother, Phillip, comes back into the picture which was a nice change after not seeing him since the early part of the series. It also seems as if Roe is about to get her happy ending finally. But of course, in Lawrenceton, GA, that doesn’t last for long.
One thing that I really liked about this book was that Harris brought in some current issues like bullying and the problem of how it should be handled without making the problem even worse. The other thing I really liked was that I really had no guesses as to what happened to the kids. There’s nothing worse than reading a mystery when you already have a good idea of what the ending will be, in my opinion. When it got towards the end and the truth was revealed I was definitely shocked! I would recommend this series to anyone who loves mystery novels or anyone looking for a quick read with lovable characters.
Guest review contributed by The Worn Bookmark. Maren posts book reviews and tags, and she participates in challenges and read-a-thons. A book store or library is her paradise.