Date Released: February 3, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 336 pages
Source: For Review (Thanks!)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: (Jess Tennant #2)
Bet Your Life by Jane Casey was such an unexpected book for me. I expected it to be kinda boring, but finishing it I loved the book a lot more! It was a great mystery novel with elements of a kick ass heroine, suspense, and lies. And it turned out to be a part of a series, which I did not know until writing this review, so I'll probably check out the first book.
In Bet Your Life, we meet Jess Tennant who's life is turned upside down when a boy, Seb Dawson suffers a head injury. The police take things into their own hands, but Jess decides to investigate it. I actually really got down who the characters are and who Jess is. Casey did a great job recapping the reader things from the first book, so it's good to say anyone could pick the book and easily distinguish the characters and plot. Jess was such a perfect protagonist for the story. I was easily able to relate to her and you could easily see yourself in her situation. She gave the book a voice and I found myself turning the pages faster seeing how she'll get herself out of a situation or get into a fight. Caset crafted great characters like Hugo, Ella, Jess and I liked them a lot.
The book overall did not really have a scary, creepy feel, but more of a thriller and suspenseful feel. I do wish that Casey added more creepy, eerie elements, but the book still came out strong. In addition, I also liked that the book did touch a bit on romance, but it did not completely overwhelm the book.
Overall, Bet Your Life was a great book, that anyone should pick up if their looking for a thriller kind of read. Jess was an amazing protagonist and anyone could easily relate to her. Pick up Bet Your Life right now!
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