Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on January 3, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 352
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Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Bereconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death.
High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.
Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?
This is one of those books that has stuck with me long after finishing it. It took me several days to put coherent sentences together that describe how I feel about this book.
Everything You Want Me to Be is told from three different perspectives: Hattie, Del, and Peter. Mejia did an exemplary job of getting into the head of each of her narrators and making the audience see the story through their eyes. Each point of view rang true for me, and they were woven together in a way that flowed perfectly without any confusion.
I don’t want to say too much as to give the plot away. This is one of those cases where I think you are best to go into it without knowing too much. Despite guessing some of the plot twists early on, I kept changing my mind as to who I thought the killer was, and ultimately managed to be surprised by certain things towards the end.
Be prepared; this is not a nice, happy story. But it is twisted and brilliant. Highly recommended.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.