Published July 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
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THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS
It's my turn to run a "Campus News" crew, and I've put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.
A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under "strange" circumstances.
I "will" blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt...or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don't trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is "not" important to this story.)
But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast...be sure to watch "Campus News" at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.
Circle of Silence starts off with intrigue that quickly turns to suspense. For me, I can definitely say it was an improvement over the first book I read by Tanzman.
The first few chapters are exactly what first chapters in a book should be - a hook. I absolutely loved how curious the beginning makes you, how much it makes you want to continue reading.
Valerie is a very driven character. She knows exactly what she wants to do when she's older, and she's going after it by being a part of Campus News while she's in high school. When a series of school pranks - which all seem to be done by the same group when they leave their "signature" - start, she' basically struck gold With her team - which happen to include her ex-boyfriend - she starts to investigate. But these people don't want to be investigated.
Circle of Silence is full of suspense. I can honestly say that I had no idea what the ending would be like. However, during a lot of Val's investigation, I found myself getting bored. It just seemed like they were getting nowhere for a few chapters before it finally got interesting again.
Like I said earlier, Valerie is very driven. I love that about her; it's something very admirable. Her personality really shines through in this novel. As for the other characters . . . there's not much to say. You never really learn about them at all. The secondary characters in this novel can't really be considered supporting characters because they seem to be there more for decoration than anything else.
Except for Jagger, Valerie's ex that she's not quite over yet. Somehow, he finds his way onto her team and she's stuck working with him. He's the first one to find the pranks interesting and get them working on a story that spirals into something much more scary and dangerous. Jagger is a very hard character to read, and I spent a lot of time wondering what his motives were. He's definitely not a guy who's going to spout romantic and cheesy lines at you.
Overall: While Circle of Silence didn't do the best job at holding my attention, it's certainly a book full of suspense and just a hint of romance. If it's been awhile since you've picked up a thriller, I'd definitely suggest this. 3.5 stars.