Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name.
But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday was one of those books just meant to be read on a warm summer day in a hammock. At first I was a little confused because everyone keeps saying how fun this book is, but it deals with murders. How fun can that be? I should have just taken their word for because it’s very fun.
There is a creepy murdering spree going on, but it’s not actually happening to Hartley’s friends, or even anyone she particularly likes. So, there’s really no grief involved. Just lots of mystery. I never figured out who the killer was! Not until Hartley did. Honestly though, I don’t think I really tried because I was just having too much fun being along for the ride.
Hartley was a fabulous main character. She was really the perfect example of an author getting it right. Lots try to infuse their characters with the right amount of snark, wit, and entertainment, but it’s really easy to go overboard. That wasn’t the case at all with Hartley. I giggled and freaked out right alongside her. She was extremely likable. Oh, and I adored Chase! Semi goth James Dean? Oh yeah!
Overall, I had a marvelously fun time reading Deadly Cool. It’s the perfect read for when you need a break from heavier books. I’m really excited to read Social Suicide and see what kind of situations Hartley can get herself into.