I have been planning on reading this is our story for the last three Halloweens! After failing once again this year I decided to not wait until next year but to finally just go for it. It’s still fall and this is definitely a fall read. I’m very happy I finally picked this one up, so let me tell you all about it.
Five went in. Four came out.
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.
This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 15/11/2016
I love this cover a lot! The color is beautiful but what really makes it so great is what’s on it. First off we have the title, this is our story, with his in a darker colour. I love it when you can look at a title in multiple ways and this already got me excited for the story. There are 5 shadows on the cover, for the 5 boys. We know one of them dies and I love that his shadow is placed under the stag head, or at least I’m assuming it’s him 😉 the stag head also gives you that Hunting feeling right away and I do love that in books. All in all a great cover that fits the story very well.
We follow Kate who has an after school job at the DA’s office. After Grant dies, the rest of the River Point boys are transferred to Kate’s school and the DA looks into persecution for Grant’s dead. Kate’s boss gets the case and she starts helping him looking into what exactly happened in those woods.
Before I stared this book I thought it would be pretty unbelievable that a high school girl would be this involved in an investigation. However I think this was very well done and actually quite believable. I don’t want to spoil the exact situation but I was very satisfied. Kate is also a great photographer and that turns out quite convenient. I really enjoyed her passion for photography and I think it really added something to the story.
“Either we all get out of this or none of us does. We all know the consequences. It’s as simple as that.”
Kate tries to figure out if Grants death was an accident and who might be responsible. All four of the boys seem to have some secrets and therefor a motivation. After every couple of chapters with Kate’s POV we get a page or two with the POV from one of the boys. You don’t know which boy it is but it gives you a little inside into the responsible party and you can start guessing who you think did it.
With a mystery I always try to figure out for myself who did it, and this is the hard thing about the genre. You don’t want it to be too easy, but it should make sense so you have this fine line. Since I read quite some mysteries I usually have a good guess. And I did guess it here, but it wasn’t predictable in my opinion. For a while I was afraid the story was taking a very predictable route but in the end I was definitely satisfied. The only thing I was expecting more of was the reveal I guess. I was hoping for it to be a bit more thrilling as we have been building up to it with a pretty thrilling read and for me the ending didn’t provide that thrill (how many times can you say thrilling in a sentence haha?).
Kate was a fun character to read about and I quite liked her. She made some decisions I wouldn’t make myself haha, but I liked being in her head. The boys seemed pretty similar at first but after a while they got easier to separate and I think that made my search for the guilty party quite interesting. They reminded me a bit of the boys in the Raven Cycle but where I do love those guys, these boys are not so great haha. It was cool to see these kind of characters in a different light and I really enjoyed reading about all of them.
All in all, this was a great read for me! I liked the story basically from the start but once I got to a certain point I just couldn’t put the book down and read wayyy past my bedtime haha. This is one of my new favorite mystery thrillers and hope Ashley Elston will write a lot more of these <3. Have you read any of her books? Or do you plan on doing so? Come talk to me in the comments!