The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan

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A popular sorority girl. An unsolved murder. A campus podcast with chilling repercussions.

Lucas Vega is obsessed with the death of Candace Swain, who left a sorority party one night and never came back. Her body was found after two weeks, but the case has grown cold. Three years later while interning at the medical examiner’s, Lucas discovers new information, but the police are not interested.

Lucas knows he has several credible pieces of the puzzle. He just isn’t sure how they fit together. So he creates a podcast to revisit Candace’s last hours. Then he encourages listeners to crowdsource what they remember and invites guest lecturer Regan Merritt, a former US marshal, to come on and share her expertise.

New tips come in that convince Lucas and Regan they are onto something. Then shockingly one of the podcast callers turns up dead. Another hints at Candace’s secret life, a much darker picture than Lucas imagined—and one that implicates other sorority sisters. Regan uses her own resources to bolster their theory and learns that Lucas is hiding his own secret. The pressure is on to solve the murder, but first Lucas must come clean about his real motives in pursuing this podcast—before the killer silences him forever.

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Available Today – December 28, 2021!

I’m always a fan of when a mystery novel uses a podcast. I find it interesting how the author is able to use a podcast to further advance the developments of an unsolved case (in this novel, a murder). The Sorority Murder was no exception.

I wasn’t a big fan of Lucas and his reasons for doing the podcast. It seemed like he was always hiding something and not telling the full truth. I really liked how the author added the character, Regan, a former US marshal. Regan really added to the novel both in her experience and her maturity. It really took the novel up a level and the premise didn’t seem so far fetched.

It did take a while for the novel to get going, but once it did it was really exciting and I was curious on how Candice’s disappearance would tie in with her murder. I did find the ending (and the killer) predictable, so I was hoping for more of a twist ending.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Really liked the use of the podcast and how Lucas was able to get guests to call in and give anonymous information about the murder.

Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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