Throwback Thursday continues as I scour my shelf for old favorites . I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.

My pick this week is:



Published January 2006 by Little, Brown and Company

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

When a twenty-year-old murder case comes back to life, a detective must race against his failing sight to unravel the mystery

When Allison Wallis was beaten to death, Detective Francis X. Loughlin found the killer—Julian Vega, a teenager with a crush on the murdered girl. Using his natural sense of empathy, he cozied up to young Julian, convincing him to give a confession that would put him away until he was thirty-six.

Twenty years later, Julian is finally out of jail, attempting to remember how to live in a world without bars, and Detective Loughlin is still on the job, his sight fading, though his instincts are still sharp. But when Allison’s blood appears at a new crime scene, everything he thought he knew about that long-ago murder is called into question. Was it really Allison they buried? Was Julian actually the killer? And if he wasn’t, who else is in danger now?


Although this book was published many years ago, I just read it in 2014 when a good reading friend passed it along to me. I have a strong interest in stories where teenagers under 18 are pitted against our criminal justice system. In light of the recent success of Making a Murderer and Serial Season 1 with Adnan Syad, this book explores many of the same legal, ethical, and moral issues highlighted in those stories. It’s also a fantastic mystery with some of the best characterization I’ve read in recent years. These characters are flawed; they feel real. And if you can figure out the answers to the above questions at the end of the blurb, you’re a better detective than me because I didn’t have this puzzle figured out! If you like mysteries with flawed characters that pull your emotional strings, I think you’ll love this book.

If you’ve already read this one, drop me a quick comment, I’d love to hear what you thought of it:)