Author: Brandilyn and Amberly Collins
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Christian
Series: The Rayne Tour Series #1
This daughter of a rock star has it all—until murder crashes her world. The exciting and suspenseful Rayne Tour series features sixteen-year-old Shaley O’Connor, on tour with her mother’s popular band. Shaley lives in a whirlwind of backstage secrets, hotels, and limos. With beauty and fame of her own, Shaley wants for nothing … except the one thing she can’t have. During a concert, sixteen-year-old Shaley O’Connor stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom Hutchens’ death connected to her? Frightening messages arrive. Paparazzi stalk Shaley. Her private nightmare is displayed for all to see. Where is God at a time like this? As the clock runs out, Shaley must find Tom’s killer—before he strikes again.
Positive Content: Shaley and her Mom really love each other, though they can be a little out of touch. Most of the band members are a caring, tightly-knit group who watch out for each other. One of the band members talks to Shaley about her faith in God, and Shaley begins to wonder about him, too. People go through a lot to make sure Shaley and the other tour members are safe. There is no language, and no sexual content save one mention of an older guy sending somewhat innapropriate pictures of himself to Shaley.
Negative Content: Some violence (naturally, since this is a murder mystery). Several people are shot; one through the eye. Creepy messages are sent to Shaley. A few short chapters in the book are from the killer’s point of view, including a memory of when he was five and let his father bleed to death. The killer has somewhat of a ‘God complex’ going. Shaley can be very self-absorbed at times, though she’s also easy to sympathize with.
Summary: This was surprisingly readable and more intriguing than I had expected. The story is fast-paced, well-written and exciting. I didn’t want to put it down. It ends on a cliffhanger – ARGH! -so I’ll have to order the next one from the library. The conversations about God and Christianity seem kind of ‘stuck into’ the book; awkward and a little forced, but not overbearing. A good pick for someone looking for a clean, YA mystery.
4 out of 5 stars