The BookBrowse Review

Published June 22, 2022

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Book Jacket

Bad Things Happen Here
by Rebecca Barrow
28 Jun 2022
352 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Thrillers
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I Killed Zoe Spanos meets The Cheerleaders in this haunting mystery about an island town with a history of unsolved deaths - and a girl desperate to uncover the mystery behind it all.

Luca Laine Thomas lives on a cursed island. To the outside world, Parris is an exclusive, idyllic escape accessible only to the one percent. There's nothing idyllic about its history, though, scattered with the unsolved deaths of young women—deaths Parris society happily ignores to maintain its polished veneer. But Luca can't ignore them. Not when the curse that took them killed her best friend, Polly, three years ago. Not when she feels the curse lingering nearby, ready to take her next.

When Luca comes home to police cars outside her house, she knows the curse has visited once again. Except this time, it came for Whitney, her sister. Luca decides to take the investigation of Whitney's death into her own hands. But as a shocking betrayal rocks Luca's world, the identity Whitney's killer isn't the only truth Luca seeks. And by the time she finds what she's looking for, Luca will come face to face with the curse she's been running from her whole life.

"With short chapters and a sparse, present-tense narrative, this contemporary novel fuses elements of mystery and romance as Luca's beautifully told coming-of-age story unfolds against a dark backdrop of death. Luca's grief, trauma, and mental illness are deftly explored and, juxtaposed with her strong sense of identity...There is not a word wasted in this sad and harrowing tale." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Luca's investigative prowess makes her an impressive heroine, but it's Naomi and Luca's romance that keeps the narrative fresh. Through Luca—whose acute sense of identity as a queer fat girl is exemplified in her sardonic telling—Barrow examines themes of mental illness and self-worth, forgiveness, and acceptance." - Publishers Weekly

"An atmospheric and multi-layered mystery that surprises until the haunting end." - Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and That Weekend

Rebecca Barrow is the critically acclaimed author of Interview with the Vixen, This Is What It Feels Like, You Don't Know Me But I Know You, and Bad Things Happen Here. She is a lover of sunshine, Old Hollywood icons, and all things high femme. She lives and writes in England.

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