Saturday, May 23, 2020

Confessions About Colton by Olivia Harvard - OPTIONAL

Confessions About Colton by Olivia Harvard, 360 pages. Wattpad Books, 2020. $18.

Language: R (127 swears, 12 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Elliot, 18-years-old, has been friends with Colton for forever, and Elliot knows that Colton is keeping secrets about what happened when Colton disappeared for a while. With Colton back, Elliot hopes that things will go back to normal. But then Elliot finds Colton dead. And the murderer is giving Elliot clues to learn all the secrets Colton was hiding.

The suspense grates on the reader as much as it does on Elliot -- everyone on edge to see how all the clues will come together. However, all the secrets and intrigue were unsatisfying to me in the end because there was no way for the reader to figure out what happened without the explicit confession of the killer. Yes, the identity of the killer lends understanding to the hows and whys, but I was disappointed that the ending felt so abrupt. The mature content rating is for underage drinking as well as mentions of drugs and sex, and the violence rating is for murder, gun use, and mention of abuse.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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