The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson

Published: May 3, 2022

Delacorte Press

Pages: 411

Genre: YA Thriller & Suspense

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Kathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Girl in Pieces, How to Make Friends with the Dark, and You’d Be Home Now. She lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona.

Liz Lawson is the author of The Lucky Ones. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her family.

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. She’s not talking, so where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or it was, at least. But now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex–best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back. . .

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s grandmother is offering to anyone who can share information about her granddaughter’s whereabouts. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

In order to get the reward and prove Steve’s innocence, they need to figure out who killed Brooke Donovan. And luckily Alice has exactly what they need—the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone that can teach the girls how to solve a mystery it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into.

“They say money makes you happy. It doesn’t. It just makes you more comfortable in your grief.”

Iris is not someone who stands out. And she prefers it that way. She works hard and tries to do what’s right. She has a secret she can’t tell anyone, but it doesn’t matter- she’s working to escape. Alice is the only child of highly successful and busy parents. After disappearing for a week, Alice tries to get her life back on track. When she is assigned a tutor who makes her feel seen, things shift.

This was a great first book in a series. The characters were all so well developed. And readers will have no issue identifying with someone.

This is a classic case of the grass not always being greener- Iris is poor, but her mother adores her. Alice is wealthy and often alone or with her nanny. They are doubtful to be friends. Yet their paths cross, and the journey begins.

I love how fast-paced this story was. It was impossible to put down. The plot was often heavy and riddled with adult themes, but there is an innocence and a lightness that keeps things moving.

I love that Alice is obsessed with Agatha Christie, and that helps her take the steps she needs to humble herself and grow. Iris has to learn to trust and not judge people based on their circumstances.

Together, they form a pure charm bond and are filled with a genuine love for one another. This was a fantastic book. And I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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