Girl Overboard by Sandra A. Block
Published: May 3, 2022
Genre: YA Thriller
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Sandra A. Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York, for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and proud Sabres fan and lives at home with her husband, two children, and impetuous yellow lab Delilah. She has been published in both medical and poetry journals.
“No turning back now.”
Izzy is less than thrilled to be taking a cruise to Bermuda with her family. Especially with her new boyfriend staying behind. But she’s determined to try to have fun. She quickly meets three other passengers her age, and they decide to spend their cruise together. Until Jade starts acting strangely and disappears, now, it seems like all the adults in charge are ready to accept that jade jumped off the ship, despite everything Izzy tells them. Now, it’s up to Izzy to get justice. Except, she’s a target and might not survive the trip home.
For a young adult thriller, this was a decent read. It is very obviously written for a younger audience, with our main character being a sophomore in high school.
I found the writing very age-appropriate, and Izzy and Jade appeared to be teenagers. Between the sass, attitudes, and desire to be accepted, it was a believable scenario.
I enjoyed this book, and the pacing. It was fairly quick paced, and the twists were well done. I liked how there were several likely suspects, and that it wasn’t obvious who the guilty parties were.
The concept of someone going missing while on a cruise is terrifying, and this story definitely upheld that aspect. This would be an excellent choice for a young person who is looking to start reading thriller novels.