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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Marly in Pieces is a work of fiction in the crime, mystery, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Cathrina Constantine. In an intriguing murder mystery novel intended for the mature end of the young adult reading spectrum, we find ourselves with the titular character Marly, who refuses to believe in the apparent and devastating suicide of her dear best friend Rae. The tapestry of intrigue surrounding Rae’s death leads Marly into a deep investigation of even those close to her, setting our young hero on a path that may lead her right into the hands of a murderer seeking a new victim.
Author Cathrina Constantine offers the true definition of a thriller, keeping readers firmly on the edge of their seats from cover to cover in a compelling and dynamic fashion. Whilst the sensitive themes of teen suicide are prevalent right from the novel’s earliest pages, what develops beyond this is really a tale of friendship, trust, and coping with loss, which is enormously fulfilling and intriguing to read. Marly is a well-developed hero for the task at hand, with smarts and charm and a true heart. This makes it easy to root for her and have your heart in your throat when she discovers the dangers waiting around every corner of this sharp-edged plot. This results in a deep connection to the book and, when combined with the very descriptive murder mystery atmosphere, it makes Marly in Pieces a truly un-put-down-able read. I would highly recommend it to fans of both YA and adult thriller fiction alike.