August 11, 2016 by thequotedpage
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
Series: The Outliers
Book #: One
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: 4 hearts
It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.
Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?
I’ve had this book hanging around in my TBR pile for awhile now. There aren’t any excuses for that, so I won’t give you any. I haven’t read any books by Kimberly McCreight before, but if this book is any indication, I may have to give some of her other books a try.
This book was a lot better than I expected. I really liked Wylie, and related to all her anxieties, being an anxiety-ridden person myself. When we meet Wylie, she’s mere months into grieving for her mothers’ passing. Her *brother is kind of an asshat and her father is just not very interested in being involved, which I guess is somewhat to be expected after losing his wife. So, basically, there’s a lot going on in Wylie’s life that exceeds her already anxious existence. She’s basically living day by day, just hoping to get through it.
That all changes when she receives a mysterious text from her estranged best friend, Cassie, asking for help. And then said best friend’s douchebag of a **boyfriend, Jasper, shows up at Wylie’s house, having received a similar text from Cassie. They both leave on a journey to save Cassie from some unknown threat, or maybe just from herself.
And this is where the book gets weird. Good weird. Some twists and turns that really make this a fun, edge-of-your-seat kinda read! Although, I have to say, I did predict early on some of the things that happened. There was even a bit of eye-rolling at some of the obvious twists that the characters didn’t see coming. But, overall, it was a solid, fun read and I’ll definitely read the next book in the series.
*Her brother stayed an asshat throughout the whole book!
**Jasper redeemed himself and I ended up really liking him.
*Received from Netgalley for an honest review.