The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

26116473The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
Published: May 3rd 2016 by HarperCollins
Source: arc

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?

In this breakneck tale, New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight brilliantly chronicles a fateful journey that begins with a single decision—and ends up changing everything.

I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of a chicken when it comes to writing reviews for books I didn’t like. I usually avoid it just because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but that’s not a good reason. Publisher’s expect honest reviews, and that’s what I’m here to do.

I know that sounded like a negative intro, but keep in mind that I don’t hate this book, and I know someone out there is going to read and adore this book, it just wasn’t for me. It was very slow to start and I found myself wanting to skip forward to get to the “good” stuff, but it never got there. There was potential for this to be a good mystery, and there were some twists that got me, but the biggest problem for me was the stacked twists that were giving me whiplash. I’m not even kidding. There was hardly anytime to recover from a twist before another one was thrown into the mix.

There were a lot of things I didn’t like about this book, but I want to end here on a high note. I mentioned it was slow to start, but once it got there it was fast-paced and had a lot of good action. Wylie and Jasper are doing everything they can to rescue their friend Cassie, and thei loyalty was impressive. I believe there will be plenty of people who are into the fast-paced twist-after-twist narrative that The Outliers have to offer, but for myself it’s a 2 star read.

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One thought on “The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books says:

    Bummer!! This is one of most anticipated spring books. I just loved Reconstructing Amelia and her next book was also decent. Hopefully I will like this better than you… although I’m not a big fan of the stacked twists either 😦

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