The Girl in the Park initially reads like a cautionary tale: wild party girl makes enemies, wanders into the park alone at night and trouble finds her. But things are not always as they appear. Wendy Geller is the aforementioned girl in the park. She loves the party scene and getting the attention of the boys, especially those already spoken for. When her body is found in Central Park, the gossip spreads through the school that she had asked for it. Narrated by Wendy’s friend Rain, she doesn’t believe all the stories being told about her deceased friend and vows to find the culprit.
I always love a good mystery story, and when I saw this Netgalley title, set in New York City nonetheless, I was immediately interested. Fredericks does a great job at setting the tone of the novel right off the top. The reader is quickly pulled into the world of an elite New York City school, filled with the teenage drama that is familiar to many. I found the novel quite easy to read and easy to follow, though I could see where the story was headed about halfway through. Perhaps I need to stop thinking so far ahead when I read… This happened to me with a few other books too and bums me out when I end up being right because I absolutely hate spoilers – so I feel like I’m spoiling it for myself!
Overall, Fredericks weaves a well thought out, layered tale in a classic whodunit style, while setting it in the modern day setting.
The Girl in the Park is available April 2012
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)