Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Review: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Publication date: 11th October
My rating: 4 out of 5
I thoroughly enjoyed Deadly Cool in all its Nancy Drew type glory it made me laugh, it kept me guessing and I swooned a great deal at the lovely Chase.
I loved the whole tongue in cheekness of the storyline, Courtney the president of the Chastity Club is found by Hartley dead in Hartley's boyfriend Josh's wardrobe (cause of death- strangulation by ipod earphones honestly) Unknown to Hartley, Josh has been having it off with the Chastity Club President and he is now the prime suspect in her murder. Hartley despite recognising that her Josh is a lying, cheating, scumbag sets out to find the real killer. It's all very Nancy Drew but hilariously updated, with references to dumping someone by twitter and knowing the police are following Hartley's every move she manages to keep in touch with Josh who is on the run via My Space because no one is on there anymore which makes it the perfect place to hide out.
Hartley and her best friend/ trusty sidekick Sam made me laugh out loud on numerous occassions, from their censored swearing "holy effing crap that sucks" to their getaway car powered by vegetable oil donated by the local burger joint. I also absolutely loved Chase the gorgeous brooding newspaper editor who dresses in black, wears guyliner and is hiding a six pack under his grungy t-shirts, as he manipulates his way into their investigation to get the full scoop his computer hacking and photography skills prove invaluable and he adds that little hint of will they/won't they type romance.
My absolute favourite scene involved Hartley hiding under Chase's bed after sneaking in to scan his bedroom for anything that screams "psycho killer" (she thinks he's the killer at one point) with Sam stationed outside as the lookout. Instead Hartley finds herself watching Chase almost strip off and finds out that he goes commando before coming out from under his bed with her eyes sort of covered. Sam's woeful attempts at making a bird call to alert Hartley to danger made me literally snort with laughter.
Deadly Cool is fast paced and hilariously quirky, if you like a snarky whodunit type mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously then this is the perfect book for you. I enjoyed every minute of it and cannot wait for the next installment Social Suicide which is due for release in 2012.
A giant thanks to the amazing Sara @ Just Another Story who sent me Deadly Cool as part of The Fall Book Exchange. Thank you:)