You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Kevin O’Brien

27405221Andrea Boyle moved from Washington, D.C. to Seattle with her seventeen-year-old nephew Spencer to escape their past. Spencer committed a horrific crime when he was 11 years old and was starting afresh in a new school. Andrea falls in love and moves in with Luke, a successful playwright, who has a troubled son Damon. Damon and Spencer both in the same high school are bullied mercilessly. When Damon reaches his breaking point he decides to end his life promising revenge to his tormentors after he commits suicide on a live podcast. True to his word after his death the same people who harassed Damon start receiving death threats. When Spencer’s past is exposed by an anonymous text, nobody believes his innocence and the bodies keep piling up and all the evidence pointing towards Spencer. With just his aunt in his corner will Spencer be able to prove his innocence or will the past catch up with him again?

The book though lengthy is a fast read and by midpoint of this book you realize what is going on. The bullying scenes did make me cringe and you could feel Damon’s fear and desperation come through. There are a lot of characters in the book some of them absolutely despicable but the author manages to pull the plot together even though it’s not a new concept. Despite the fact you can anticipate the end it makes for an interesting read and kept me up late at night.

Thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for this advance reader copy in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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