They’ll Never Catch Us, Jessica Goodman

Meet sisters Stella and Ellie. Both are on the track team, and both have goals for college. Stella’s are more ambitious, especially because an incident last year has marked her as aggressive. It doesn’t help that she’s prickly towards her team members. She’s a loner who doesn’t let people in. Ellie is more outgoing, makes friends easily, and misses the bond she had with Stella. But when Mila goes missing, everyone must pull together to find her. Hopefully, the unsolved serial killer of the past hasn’t resurfaced.

Stella is definitely a tough character to like. It’s because she has nothing redeeming about her personality, at least at first. But you don’t have to love all the characters in a book to love the book. The plot doesn’t wholly center on the murders of the past or Mila’s disappearance. It’s an easy mix, adding Stella and Ellie’s struggles with great character development. They’ll Never Catch Us is a slow-revealing mystery/thriller in how Goodman unfolds the story. Overall, it’s a fun read. Thank you, Penguin Teen, for sending this along!

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They’ll Never Catch Us is available on Amazon for $10.99.

About the Book:

Stella and Ellie Steckler are only a year apart, but their different personalities make their relationship complicated. Stella is single-minded, driven, and she keeps to herself. Cross-country running is her life and she won’t let anything get in the way of being the best. Her sister Ellie is a talented runner too, but she also lets herself have fun. She has friends. She goes to parties. She has a life off the course.

The sisters do have one thing in common, though: the new girl, Mila Keene. Both Stecklers’ lives are upended when Mila comes to town. At first, Ellie and Stella view the new star athlete as a threat. But soon Ellie can’t help but be drawn to her warm, charming personality. After her best friend moved away and her first boyfriend betrayed her, Ellie’s been looking for a friend to share her secrets. Stella finds herself noticing the ways she and Mila are similar. Mila is smart and strong–she’s someone Stella can finally connect with. As the two get closer, Stella becomes something she vowed she’d never be: distracted.

With regionals approaching and college scouts taking notice, the pressure is on. Each girl has their future on the line and they won’t let friendships get in their way. But then, suddenly, Mila goes out on a training run and never returns. No one knows what happened, but all eyes are on the Steckler sisters.

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