Book Review: The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

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The Outliers

Release date: May 3rd 2016

3.5 stars

It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

I was really in the mood for a mystery/thriller type of book so I decided to pick up this one. I went into it, not with low expectations, but knowing I would likely have to suspend a little disbelief. As a child who was raised on a diet of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and still binge watches Veronica Mars and Castle on sick days, it wasn’t too hard to get into the right frame of mind for this book.

This was one of those books that’s a little hard to review because there’s so many twists and turns that you don’t want to give anything away. I liked the feeling of never knowing who to completely trust, if I could trust anyway, questioning myself every time I started to trust someone. It did its job and kept me on edge the whole time.

Wylie and Jasper were both interesting characters. They didn’t really know each other but both had a connection to Cassie and they needed each other’s help to find her. They clashed so much but still remained focused on finding Cassie and working together. It made for an interesting relationship. They both had issues they needed to work through, for themselves and for Cassie. Wylie and Cassie had had a falling out and then Cassie disappeared before they had a chance to reconnect. It was for Cassie that Wylie pushed through her anxiety of leaving the house in order to go help her.

The plot was a little all over the place, not in a bad way, just in a way designed to keep the reader guessing as to what was really going on. I kept wondering if it would stay a contemporary mystery or turn into more of a paranormal plot. There was nothing I didn’t question. At one point I was questioning Wylie herself.

This is the first in a trilogy and it did seem like there was a lot of setting up happening for future plots but overall, it made me excited to see where the series goes from here.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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3 responses to “Book Review: The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

  1. Good review! This is on my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂

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