Publication date: January 6th 2019
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.
Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets.
*For readers of Kasie West and Jenny Han.*
An enjoyable read from a new-to-me author!
Triplicity is told from the POV of the three teens, Navy, Jesse, and Isiah. Some of their sections are longer, but quite a few are short, keeping the action moving and often letting us see the same scene from multiple viewpoints. Each chapter is a day in the cruise ship’s itinerary, which was pretty neat. Even though the characters go off ship for sightseeing, though, most of the book’s action takes place on board where the mystery thief (or is it thieves?) is.
Ms. Mercer did a nice job of keeping readers on her toes here. We’re trying to figure out the mystery as Navy, Jesse, and Isiah are, and we’re as much in the dark about Navy’s big plan at the end as poor Jesse is. All three main characters feel like real people–they have their good points as well as their flaws–and Ms. Mercer really shows us what motivates them and why they’re making the choices that they’re making so that we get it even when we don’t agree. (Especially when we don’t agree!)
There is a bit of a love triangle here, but it’s not overly angsty, and the ending wraps some things up but others aren’t quite ready for the bow to be tied on top–if the author wanted to revisit these characters again (and I’d be on board for that!) she’s definitely got some material here to work with.
Based on this book, this is one author I’m going to keep an eye out for!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
J. Mercer grew up in Wisconsin where she walked home from school with her head in a book, filled notebooks with stories in junior high, then went to college for accounting and psychology only to open a dog daycare. She wishes she were an expert linguist, is pretty much a professional with regards to competitive dance hair (bunhawk, anyone?), and enjoys exploring with her husband–though as much as she loves to travel, she’s also an accomplished hermit. Perfect days include cancelled plans, rain, and endless hours to do with what she pleases. Find her on Facebook @jmercerbooks or online at www.jmercerbooks.com.a Rafflecopter giveaway