A Killing Among Friends starts off with a mysterious man killing a young girl at a pond. From there we meet Sennie Lacefield , a teenager without a care in the world and her best friend Reatha Alcoker. As the girls are watching the firework show Reatha needs to run in to the restroom promising she’ll be right back. After the show is over and Reatha still hasn’t returned everyone begins searching. Reatha is not the first missing girl, there have been two others and people are starting to get frightened.
When the body of one of the missing girls turns up with a satanic symbol carved into her forehead and the local sheriff Warford Cackley doesn’t seem concerned, Sennie panics about Reatha’s disappearance and decides to team up with Reatha’s boyfriend Milo to help find the killer.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad read in my eyes, there are a lot of things I question about the story. The setting seems to be a modern small town in Arkansas and not being from the south or a small town myself I can’t say for sure how people behave there but often this would seem like something from the past. Sennie and others interactions seemed a bit off for the present. Characters are referred to as “Miss Sennie”. The old men in the story sit in their chairs on the front porch of the general store spitting tobacco. Just had a weird feel of not being sure what era I was reading about.
The sheriff in the story is the worst excuse for law enforcement I’ve ever read about. He does absolutely nothing with all the killings and disappearances so that was a rather odd thing. Plenty of stories have the teenage protagonist chasing clues but being the only one in the book concerned with solving any of the crimes it’s kind of like what??? Glad I don’t live in this town.
Sennie spends the story chasing down clues and details and while there are a lot of characters that could be involved I also figured out what was going on fairly early. Not necessarily a bad thing but I prefer when I get to the end and end up shocked.
In the end I’m not sorry I read the story but I’m not jumping up and down over the whole read either. Kind of an average mystery in my eyes.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.