Happy Monday y’all! Today’s my stop on the Killer Content tour with TBR and Beyond Tours! Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me on this tour and to Underlined/Penguin Teen for sponsoring it! This book was super interesting, especially when thinking about influencer culture and the rise of influencers in general- plus I waste so much time on Tik Tok these days, that reading a murder mystery centered around Tik Tok influencers was super fun!
Killer Content 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Knives Out meets One of Us is Lying! In this paperback original thriller a group of famous TikTokers find themselves turning on each other when one member of the group turns up dead at their beachfront Malibu mansion.
35 million followers. One dead body.
The six teenagers who make up the Hype House seem to have it all. A beach front Malibu mansion, millions of TikTok followers, model good looks, and sponsorship deals up to $30,000 per post. Everything’s pretty much a Gen-Z paradise. Except that one member of the house has just turned up dead in the infinity pool. And the rest of them are suspects.
When the group TikTok account starts posting cryptic messages about the murder, the police limit their investigation to the members of the house. Now old joke videos are filed as evidence and past rivalries start to look like motives.
As investigators dig into these influencers’ lives beyond their glossy internet personalities, they discover all five had reasons their lives would’ve been easier with Sydney Reynolds dead. But only one of them killed her.
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I’ve been so into thrillers these days, so I was a big fan of this one- someone ending up dead in an influencer house? So cool! The one thing I wasn’t a fan of was how early in the book we found out who did it- I know the author did it to help with pushing the story forward, but I wanted just a little longer to sit with the mystery. There was at least one pretty large hint about who had done it at the beginning, but that was never explored more or picked up again, which was interesting, but also made sense in a way. Characters wise, I think the author did a really good job personifying all of them and making them out to initially (at the surface) seem like super shallow teenagers who were just one dimensional, but the more you read about them, the more you learned about them, which I loved. I really enjoyed the plot and the pacing (minus the small point I mentioned earlier). Overall, this was a fun read and I definitely recommend checking it out! Amazon|Barnes and Noble|Book Depository|Indigo|IndieBound
About the Author:
Kiley Roache is the author of young adult novels FRAT GIRL and THE DATING GAME (HarperCollins / Inkyard Press) and the upcoming novel KILLER CONTENT, which will be published by Penguin Random House/ Underlined on Nov. 30, 2021. Kiley grew up in the Chicago-area, and has been writing since the 7th grade. She signed with a literary agent days before graduating high school.
She is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied Political Science and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Kiley has also worked as a journalist, and her bylines are in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Businessweek among others. She was the 2018 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern, reporting for The Wall Street Journal from the London bureau. She wrote an op-ed for The New York Times’s “On Campus” series entitled “The Future of Frats” arguing that fraternities should go co-ed. It was the lead story in the Times’s “The Edit” newsletter that week.
She now lives in Los Angeles in a house with three of her close friends. When she’s not writing she can be found justifying the purchase of cold brew coffee, reading at the beach, or singing karaoke without hitting a single note. Website|Twitter|Instagram|Goodreads