Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Reviewed for this blog by Sara, Simsbury Library

Complicit will keep you on the edge of your seat and will keep your brain always questioning what’s going on…. You may not know until the very end!

Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when his sister, Cate, went to juvenile detention for burning down a barn. A barn with horses and a girl, Sarah, in it. Cate was known for her “bad ways” and Jamie felt safe for two years. Now Cate is out and wants to see him. She wants him to know the truth.

Honestly, I still don’t quite know what went on in this book. It is a genre that I don’t read often. The quick chapters kept you going and I did not want to put it down. I was constantly asking myself “what just happened? And why?”

Stephanie Kuehn won the Morris Award for her debut Charm & Strange. Can Complicit be an award winner? Does it have what it takes to win the Printz? Maybe. I wasn’t blown away by this book (even though I was sucked in) but it has great criteria. The characters were well developed and I immediately knew Jamie Henry and could feel his panic attacks when they hit him. The voice of the story led you to believe that this thriller is taking you for a ride, mostly with the character Cate. I am sure that the regular psychological thriller readers would recognize more of the elements of the story.

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