Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

"Evil is simple. It's a child's explanation for why people do bad things. The truth is always more complicated and worth pursuing."

There were many versions of Hattie Hoffman. To her parents Hattie was the perfect child. She affably joked with her mother and father, doing her part to fill the void left by her military brother. At school, Hattie took on other roles. She earned solid marks in her classes and did her part to befriend her classmates. For her best friend Portia, Hattie played the part of trusted confidant. With her boyfriend Tommy, Hattie was the reliable arm candy. She accompanied him to all of his outings and did her part to agree with and encourage him.

Who is Hattie Hoffman? That's what Pine Valley Sheriff Del Goodman has been trying to figure out. Her mutilated body was discovered in an abandoned barn, and now Del has to identify her killer. For Del, the case is personal. Pine Valley is a small town that doesn't see much excitement. As such, the entire city is abuzz with the story of the brutal crime. To complicate matters even more, Del is good friends with Hattie's father. As the details of Hattie's final hours come to light, Del precariously balances his professional and personal obligations while revealing the shocking truth behind the girl who everyone loved.

Everything You Want Me to Be is a remarkable novel by Mindy Mejia. Mejia employs shifting perspectives in each chapter to bring about a suspenseful reveal. I've grown a bit tired of this particular technique, but there is no denying that Mejia uses it to maximum effect. It's difficult to comment in detail on this novel without giving too much away. Suffice it to say, I was immediately grabbed by the story and breathlessly turned the pages until the novel concluded. While each character had their flaws, I feel it only added to the authenticity of the world that Mejia created. Everything You Want Me to Be is a brilliant character study and page-turner that fans of great mysteries are sure to enjoy.

For more information, visit the author's website, Amazon, and Goodreads.

(2017, 4)

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15 Responses to “Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia”

  1. I have heard a lot about this book and can't wait to read this one! A lot of people have mentioned how good the story line is, even though at times it is non-linear instead of chronological, which is often confusing.

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    1. Fortunately, the chronology was managed very well. I just feel like the non-linear technique is becoming overused.

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  2. I love a good mystery and I've seen a few reviews of the book. Everytime I read a review of this book, I feel like it would make an interesting movie.

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    1. I could definitely see this one as a movie. They would have to maintain the shifting perspectives to keep the suspense.

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  3. This looks like a great and suspenseful read. Will have to add this one to my pile.

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  4. Looks like my type of your book.A real thriller real page turner.

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  5. I like to read books by authors who are new to me.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  6. I've been wanting to read this book, so excited that there's a giveaway--thanks!

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  7. This sound like a great read. Thank you for your review and for hosting this great giveaway.

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  8. Mysteries for me. Love to read them.

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  9. This looks like a good book that would be difficult to put down! I like the cover too.

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  10. This book sounds so intriguing! I can't wait to read it. Thanks!

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  11. Sounds like a really interesting book! Thank you for the contest!

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  12. It sounds like an interesting read.

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