(Arc) #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

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WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

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Wow…this book, where do I even begin. I started reading it and I just couldn’t put it down I read it in one sitting. I was so intrigued by the mystery of the story I just was left wanting more each chapter. I will warn though huge trigger warnings in this book for murder, stalking and gore. There are scenes throughout the book that could be somewhat very graphic with the deaths. If that is not the type of stuff you want to read about, I would definitely skip this one.

Your Mc is Dee she has been found guilty of murdering her stepsister and has now found herself at the start of a maze in Alcatraz 2.0 being broadcasted on the postman app for everyone to see. Gretchen did a fantastic job showing what a sick and twisted world full of reality television and wanting instant gratification from social media can do and how damaging it can be to society.

Alcatraz 2.0 is an offshore man-made island were convicts with no hope of escape go for their deaths to be Broadcast over the entire world. Alcatraz is ran by The Postman and his select picks of serial killers. No one knows who the postman or any of his killers are. Convicts are given homes and must work to earn food and live out their days in constant fear.

They are given no warning and have to be cautious and alert at all times, even going home every evening and doing sweeps of their homes or they are taken and put through mazes and very weird acts to eventually meet their end. Dee knows she’s innocent and now has to find a way to survive and prove that she is innocent.

You have a few side characters Nyles, Ethan, Griselda, Blaire, and Mara. Each of them is in for a variety of reasons, murdering parents, lovers, friends, etc. They all claim they are innocent, but on an island full of psychopaths and murders Dee does not know who she can trust or if she can even trust herself.

Ethan is my favorite of all of them because he fits the goofy jock stereotype perfectly, but he is also super sweet and stays positive about everything going on around them. Griselda is the tough girl, but really she’s just as afraid as everyone else. Mara has closed herself up in her hut and hasn’t come out till after Dee is there for a bit. Nyles is a sweet guy and always there for backup, he also has diplomatic immunity so the killers can’t touch him. Blaire is Dee’s boss and tries to give Dee tips on how to survive in this hell hole.

Parts of this book were so cringe-worthy and sad at the same time, especially to see people tortured and murdered. Dee goes through so much throughout this book and deals with PTSD from her kidnapping when she was younger. You watch her go from victim to badass saying if she’s going down, she’s going down fighting. That was a bit cringey how fast her perspective changed in just a few secs, but its also life and death so..

I enjoyed this book besides some of the gore, it would have been a 5 star read for me if some of the scenes were not so brutal. I thought some of them had their purpose in the book and some could have been left out. The writing in the book was well written and very descriptive. Since the island was being broadcast, you also got to see twitter feeds every few chapters to see what the fans were thinking. I thought that kind of added a unique aspect of the book.

Overall this was a 4 star read for me. I enjoyed this fun read and it very thrilling to see the mystery unravel and come together. The author while making it super gorey also made it fun and mysterious. I really didn’t expect to have fun reading this, but I did. I wonder if that makes me as bad as the postman?

Again the gore is what kept this from being a 5 star as I thought there were bits that could have been toned down. I still recommend this book, but just be cautious of your triggers. The ending was kind of a shocker to me because throughout the whole book you start to put the pieces together but I never expected what happened. The author had you wrapped up and paying attention to one thing while something else was happening behind you.

Will you be ordering #murdertrending? What did you think?

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