Published by Delacorte Press on July 31, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Barnes & Noble, Purchased
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There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas is a gripping and suspenseful young adult thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
The story revolves around a small town haunted by the deaths of five cheerleaders. As the protagonist, Monica starts digging into the past, she uncovers dark secrets and uncanny connections that make her question everything she thought she knew.
Thomas’s writing is engaging and atmospheric, creating a sense of unease and tension throughout the book. The characters are well-developed and realistic, each with their own secrets and motivations that add depth to the story.
The pacing is excellent, with twists and turns that will leave you guessing and craving for more. The author skillfully weaves together different timelines and perspectives, gradually revealing the truth behind the cheerleaders’ deaths.
What sets The Cheerleaders apart is its exploration of complex themes such as grief, guilt, and the consequences of secrets. Thomas delves into the psychology of the characters, making their struggles and emotions feel authentic and relatable.
Overall, The Cheerleaders is a captivating thriller that combines mystery, suspense, and emotional depth. It is a must-read for fans of the genre who enjoy well-crafted plots and compelling characters.