Everything You Want Me To Be

9 CDs. 10:44 hrs. Recorded Bks. Jan 2017. ISBN 9781508224099. $59.99. digital download. F
In sleepy Pine Valley, MN, 18-year-old Hattie Hoffman—beloved daughter, excellent student, best friend, adored girlfriend, talented actress—lies dead. Solving her gruesome murder is up to local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend who watched Hattie grow up. Her English teacher Peter Lund thought she was one of the small town's most promising students. And from these three perspectives—Hattie narrated by Caitlin Thorburn, Del by John Moraitis, and Peter by Jeff Harding—the "who-done-what-to-whom" gets slowly revealed over Hattie's high school senior year. With three characters telling the story, a corresponding triumvirate cast makes perfect sense. What's missing, unfortunately, is a sense of continuity among the narrators so that overlapping characters remain consistently recognizable throughout: boyfriend Tommy, for example, shouldn't sound like an affable goof from one reader and then resemble a strangely accented thug in another section. As singular narrators, all three readers are competent, with Moraitis the most convincing.
VERDICT Mejia's (The Dragon Keeper) latest is not a particularly opaque mystery; more seasoned thrill-seekers in search of less predictable fare might look elsewhere.
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