Sunday, January 6, 2013

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

Nicole was the most beautiful girl in school until she was attacked and had half her face burned with acid.  Loner, hacker Jay who suffers from seizures begins his own investigation into the crime after running into Nicole at the counselor's office.  Before long he has more suspects than he can handle since it seems that nearly everyone was jealous of Nicole in some way and it seems like the attacker might not be done with Nicole yet.  As Jay's work uncovers more secrets and his relationship with Nicole deepens he faces threats of his own.  This mystery will likely be easy to sell to my students but I didn't care for the writing style at all, finding myself having to re-read paragraphs to figure out what was happening.  Moreover, I have a hard time buying the actual attacker and the reasons for the attack.  It just seemed sensationalistic rather than carefully thought out to me.  And Nicole's other problem that is revealed at the end of the book felt stuck on, not integrated.