Title: My Last Kiss
Author: Bethany Neal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
This cover caught my eye on the new releases shelf at Barnes and Noble – and the summary grabbed my attention, too. I was looking forward to a good murder mystery, especially because the person solving the mystery was doing so posthumously.
A quick summary of My Last Kiss from the author’s website:
Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.
If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss.
A book where the protagonist is a ghost trying to figure out how she died – it was intriguing. Only her boyfriend, Ethan, can see her as a ghost – something that isn’t really explained. But I can’t quibble with logic when ghosts don’t even exist in the first place.
What I liked about the book was the shifting between the present – where Cassidy is a ghost – and the past, mostly focused on the night that she died. I was fully pulled into the mystery and was constantly trying to figure out how she did die. Was it an accident? Who was she with? Did someone push her? And in the end, the answer surprised me. So the book was very well done in that respect.
What I didn’t like so much was that Cassidy herself wasn’t an interesting character. There was nothing that made her stand out, other than the fact that I felt bad that she was dead. She just wasn’t sympathetic other than that. There was also an obnoxious love triangle between Ethan, Cassidy, and stoner Caleb, which was necessary for plot reasons but – come on. I’m so done with love triangles.
If you want an immersive mystery with fabulous minor characters and don’t care if there’s a love triangle and a semi-boring protagonist, do give this one a read.
3 out of 5 stars.