This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary: Both a taut whodunit and a haunting snapshot of the effects of a violent crime, Little Threats tells the story of a woman who served fifteen years in prison for murder…and now it’s time to find out if she’s guilty.
In the summer of 1993, twin sisters Kennedy and Carter Wynn are embracing the grunge era and testing every limit in their privileged Richmond suburb. But Kennedy’s teenage rebellion goes too far when, after a night of partying in the woods, her best friend, Haley, is murdered, and suspicion quickly falls upon Kennedy. She can’t remember anything about the night in question, and this, along with the damning testimony from a college boy who both Kennedy and Haley loved, is enough to force Kennedy to enter a guilty plea.
In 2008, Kennedy is released into a world that has moved on without her. Carter has grown distant as she questions Kennedy’s innocence, and begins a relationship with someone who could drive the sisters apart forever. The twins’ father, Gerry, is eager to protect the family’s secrets and fragile bonds. But Kennedy’s return brings the tragedy back to the surface, along with a whole new wave of media. When a crime show host comes to town asking questions, believing the murder wasn’t wasn’t as simple as it seemed, murky memories of Haley’s death come to light. As new suspects emerge and the suburban woods finally give up their secrets, two families may be destroyed again.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I was in the same age range as Kennedy & Carter in the 90’s ( a bit younger, though). I remember the grunge look (never a fan). I remember the band Nirvana (but I was all about the top 40- Wilson Phillips, Paula Abdul- type music). And I never got all emotional over the death of a musician that I had never met ( I’m sorry- I’ve got to roll my eyes a bit here).
I know this book sucked me in with it’s back cover copy because it sounded SO DAMN GOOD. And you know…. it’s really not. It’s ok at times. It caused me to roll my eyes at times. I finished it- but that was because I did want to know how it ended- but I just didn’t love it. I MIGHT love it better as a movie. That Night by Chevy Stevens is a book that Little Threats kinda reminded me of (well at least some parts).
What I Liked:
The cover totally caught my eye.
The relationship between Carter and Kennedy. It was fraught with tension a good bit of the book and that worked. Because they did have issues that needed to be explored.
Bottom line: A lot of the mess of this book could have been avoided if some of these adults would have acted liked adults who had children that needed tending to rather than being selfish and only thinking about their own needs… I felt like the author was really trying to go for shock value in some of the reveals. I wanted to be able to recommend this book- but sadly, I can’t.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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T @ Traveling With T
2 thoughts on “Little Threats by by Emily Schultz”
Grateful for your honest review! I was drawn in by the summary because I love to read about books based in the 90s…but will skip this one.
I just didn’t love this one. It sounded good, just fell flat for me.