Review: Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf [DNF]

Dead Girls Don't Lie
Author: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.

In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.
*a copy was provided by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books through NetGalley for review purposes*

NOTE: The following review is more of an explanation as to why I did not finish reading this review copy. 

The reason behind my DNFing Dead Girls Don't Lie has nothing to do with the content of the story or the writing of the author Jennifer Shaw Wolf. Instead, it has to do with a little something that looks like this: 

I don't know about you, but when I'm reading a good book, I don't want that to appear throughout the entire reading process. At first it didn't bother me because it didn't appear to affect my reading the story in anyway. It appeared in the middle of sentences but I could handle that even if it was a nuisance. I would just have to skip over it. Then it began to take the place of words in a sentence which was a bit more bothersome. But then it went even further to replace entire sentences. They were gone. Poof! Replaced with that awful gibberish and when I picked back up after the gibberish, I was in an entirely different sentence, and most of the time not even at the beginning of it--somewhere in the middle--so I had no idea what was said before it. Utterly confusing.

I tried to read on. Really I did, but it was such a jumbled mess I just couldn't understand half of what was happening and the further I went along in the story, the more the gibberish showed up and replaced certain parts of the story. At one point it was on a page four different times. I just couldn't keep up so I finally had to make the decision to stop reading it. And here we are with my first DNF. *le sigh*

With all of that being said, I would truly love to read a finished copy of this because what I could read and understand was wonderfully written and had the promise of a well-written and intriguing story line. I would love to know what happened "that night" that Jaycee is supposed to keep secret and never tell anyone about, and also find out what happened to Rachel the night she died--like why did it happen and how and who did it. While it was very unfortunate that I couldn't continue on reading, I can't wait for the release date so that I can finally read a copy without the total confusion and can actually understand what in the world is going on.



  1. I had the same problem with my copy. I downloaded a copy to my computer before it archived, but its so difficult to find time to sit down at the computer and read when I'm so used to being mobile. About 50% of the way done, but not sure if I'm going to be able to finish. I think if I close the program for any reason it gets archived....


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