Erin Blake’s name is synonymous with the crime that resulted in the murder of her mother when Erin was only two years old. Fourteen years later with her mother’s killer still out there, another murder has taken place and Erin finds herself caught up in the middle of this one as well. With her keen interest in forensics, Erin and her friends are determined to solve this before they become the next victims.
As someone who is also fascinated with forensics and true crime stories, I was intrigued by this novel’s premise. The crime-solving aspect of To Catch a Killer was quite an entertaining whodunnit story. While I’m not an expert in this field (so I can’t necessarily comment on the accuracy), Scarborough does an excellent job at including more details on the processes than I’ve previously read in other books, thereby really illustrating Erin’s love of forensic science.
While the crime-solving part was strong, I found the character interactions to be a bit unnecessary or even inappropriate at times. Comments like how she is like a little sister are made in the same breath as commenting on how beautiful she is, in a romantic-potential way. I also really didn’t like the pairing up of two of the characters as it felt completely unnecessary to the plot of the story. Not all YA books need to have a love interest. It didn’t further the plot at all and felt completely forced into existence.
Overall, even though I pieced it together halfway through the book, I enjoyed the mystery part of the story. To Catch a Killer is, for the most part, a standalone however there was a little nugget of mystery left dangling that could be addressed in a potential future book.