Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler
When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .
Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.
But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read an honest to goodness mystery. Honestly, I usually just skip right past the mystery section. I was looking for a good audiobook on my library website that was available to read and I stumbled on Justice for Sara. I’m so very glad I did.
I finished this one in a couple of days, which is quite a feat for an audiobook. It was incredibly griping; the characters were intriguing, the writing was great and the plot moved at the perfect pace. It kept me on the edge of my seat – I kept second guessing my ‘pick’ for the killer, and I have to tell you, I was wrong. At least, I didn’t get the whole thing figured out.
Kat was a likable character, but I found the teen version of her to be a bit annoying (the book often travels back in time to right before / right after Sara’s murder to help you piece together what actually happened). Although, she was meant to be annoying, so I can’t really knock Spindler for that. I think the voice the narrator used for 17 year old Kat had something to do with my annoyance for her too. It was very whiny.
Overall though, I thought the narrator did an excellent job. If you listen to audiobooks, you’ll know how importance this is. I’ve stopped listening to books because of narrators before.
Anyways, back to the book.The romance between Kat and Luke got on my nerves at times too. It was a classic case of insta-love and there was too many “mushy” moments between the pair. It just didn’t fit with the character or the tone of the book. But honestly, that’s it. It didn’t leave a sour taste in my mouth or anything, just rubbed me the wrong way a bit.
Justice for Sara was a fast, easy book that didn’t require too much concentration. It’s a great mystery and a perfect book to curl up with for a quick read. It’s the first book by Spindler that I’ve read, but I have a feeling it won’t be my last.