by Sophie McKenzie
YA Mystery, Contemporary
When everyone thinks you’re a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth?
Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats.
Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late?
A gripping page-turner from the award-winning Sophie Mckenize, SweetFreak will keep you guessing until the very end…
I’ve only ever heard amazing things about Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie and despite having a copy of it for so long I just never got around to it! I met her at Deptcon3 last year, where I bought her latest book, SweetFreak, and it really caught my attention. I went into this book expecting a thrilling mystery with a shock twist at the end, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I finished.
I did enjoy this read but I felt I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more at a younger age. The pacing was brilliant but I didn’t really feel I connected to any of the characters. I’m not sure if their personalities shone through enough for me to feel for them. From what I remember, I found the protagonist Carey to be quite annoying too!
I was really hooked on this book because I was desperate to find out whodunnit, but in the end I was left quite disappointed with who the culprit was. It was slightly underwhelming and didn’t shock me as much as would’ve liked it too.
Overall, it was to be fair an enjoyable read. McKenzie is a very talented writer and it’s clear this story was well thought-out but it lacked a satisfactory conclusion for me, despite its strong, engrossing opener. I would still definitely recommend this for younger readers, aged 12-14!