Author: Johanna Parkhurst
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, LGBTQ
Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.
A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ, though. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.
All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.
“Every Inferno” starts out rather depressing. Jacob Jasper Jones – JJ – is not a ray of sunshine. He might be alcoholic, even though he’s just fifteen. He’s defiant, rebellious, struggles with authority. But he’s also been having odd dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, the person who ruined his life.
JJ is interesting. He’s flawed, so flawed that at first, I didn’t know if I’d like him. I ended up loving him though. He’s just so…human. He makes mistakes. He messes up. But if you know where he’s coming from, then it all makes sense.
The mystery is complex and interesting, and I enjoyed finding out more clues along with JJ. The writing is solid too, and I would say this is a must read for fans of YA mystery. Even for adults who just like a dose of mystery. This author is on my to-watch list from now on.
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