Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
Synopsis: When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. She’s pretty sure she didn’t mean to do it, and she’d give anything to forget that awful day. But her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down. In Melody’s eyes, Cassidy is a murderer and always will be.
Then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information about what happened. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: “I’m so glad we’re in this together.“
Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what’s really going on before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.
The disturbing cover and title are what first attracted me to this debut by Chelsea Ichaso, and I’m happy to say the story was an enjoyable mystery that I easily breezed through.
The teen angst and romantic drama are the weakest part of the story, and whenever I hit one of these passages I found myself itching to get back to the main storyline. Thankfully these aren’t numerous enough to become a major distraction.
Cassidy is the quintessential unreliable narrator, and her backstory kept me guessing as did her present day motivations and questionable intentions. By the halfway point of the story I had narrowed my suspects down to two individuals, and ultimately one of them turned out to be the villain. My major complaint about the big reveal is that there’s not enough information regarding the why of it all. I’m one of those who don’t ascribe to the notion of someone just being evil. I want to know everything that went into shaping the person they become, and in this case I was left slightly unsatisfied. That said, I think most readers will be just fine with this.
While elements of Little Creeping Things aren’t the most original, and there are some moments of predictability, these are not enough to spoil what is overall an intriguing and well-woven mystery. I unhesitatingly recommend this to readers who are looking for a compelling YA mystery that’s a quick read.