My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release date: June 16, 2015
The members of Don’t Get Mad aren’t just mad anymore . . . they’re afraid. And with Margot in a coma and Bree stuck in juvie, it’s up to Olivia and Kitty to try to catch their deadly tormentor. But just as the girls are about to go on the offensive, Ed the Head reveals a shocking secret that turns all their theories upside down. The killer could be anyone, and this time he—or she—is out for more than just revenge.
The girls desperately try to discover the killer’s identity as their personal lives are falling apart: Donté is pulling away from Kitty and seems to be hiding a secret of his own, Bree is under house arrest, and Olivia’s mother is on an emotional downward spiral. The killer is closing in, the threats are becoming more personal, and when the police refuse to listen, the girls have no choice but to confront their anonymous friend . . . or die trying.
Get Dirty picks up three days after the end of Get Even, where Bree is in juvie (how though, considering there is not a shred of evidence linking her to the murders besides her association with DGM), Margot is in a coma and the two remaining DGM members are on a warpath to figure out how to bring Christopher Beeman down. Unwillingly, they have to seek outside help in the form of Ed, and other friends. But when their killer strikes again, and keeps up the ‘A’ pattern, they now know the stakes are higher than ever. Especially since people close to them are also in the crossfire. There is a new DGM in town, and they are also taking down targets, but how things play out is what you need to read the book to know. 😉
All I’ll say about the plot is that it was brilliant, from start to finish. Right from getting inside Ed’s character this time around, as well as bringing up the past takedowns of DGM and how they connected with their present status, while also showing how their actions affected people – everything was woven so wonderfully in the plot. The chemistry between the girls is at a high, and they are so supportive of each other. They have grown from being partners-in-good-crime to really good friends, and while that wasn’t the highlight of the book (that was more in the first), it was lovely to see how they were loyal to each other. The writing, to repeat myself, was on point; I wouldn’t expect any less from McNeil. She really went into character backstories this time, more because it tied into the events of the plot, but it was good to know how everything is not black and white. The big reveal – well, I wouldn’t say I called it since I wasn’t aware of the motive, but yes I did have my doubts on the character, since it was also a suspect. A brilliant finish, I say, but I wouldn’t really mind if there are more books on the exploits of Don’t Get Mad!
Received a free ARC from Balzer+Bray via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinions or reviews in any manner.