The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

72%

34 Critic Reviews

A satisfying whodunit with enough clues and red herrings to keep mystery fans happy.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick's mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.


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About Mariah Fredericks

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MARIAH FREDERICKS is the author of the bestselling novel The True Meaning of Cleavage, which Meg Cabot called "laugh-out-loud funny and way twisted!" She is also the author of Head Games, Crunch Time, and the In the Cards series. Visit her at www.mariahfredericks.com.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Schwartz & Wade. 226 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Girl in the Park
All: 34 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 01 2012

A satisfying whodunit with enough clues and red herrings to keep mystery fans happy.

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Dear Author

Excellent
Reviewed by Jia on Apr 25 2012

Your novel delivered what I needed, along with something more...Rain’s emotional struggle throughout the novel — her guilt, her anger — really pulled the story together for me.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on May 31 2012

THE GIRL IN THE PARK is a gripping murder mystery with a well-paced plot.

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Annette's Book Spot

Good
Reviewed by Annette on May 15 2012

... teens will enjoy this well-crafted mystery, and will enjoy the twists, turns, and surprise ending.

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My Shelf Confessions

Below average
Reviewed by April on May 18 2012

Overall, I thought the premise of The Girl in the Park was good. The execution of the premise was fairly average.

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Caroline Bookbinder

Good
Reviewed by Carin Siegfried on May 20 2012

I think teens would love the book for its honesty and for the excitement.

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For Love and Books

Good
Reviewed by Jac on May 18 2012

I was impressed by the lack of predictability and the realism.

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Simply Books

Good
Reviewed by Megan on May 18 2012

For such a short book, I thought that the author wrote an exciting mystery that everyone can enjoy.

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Book Yurt

Good
Apr 16 2012

Each and every character is complicated, imperfect, and unexpected, and across the board they are uniquely compelling – but it’s the ways Fredericks explores and reveals their relationships that make this story so very special.

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LibrisNotes

Good
Jul 11 2012

Fredericks does a great job portraying life in high school with its cliques, moments of kindness juxtaposed with cruelty.

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A Glass of Wine

Good
Reviewed by Kathy on Apr 19 2012

...The Girl in the Park is a well thought out murder mystery that puts it’s own spin on an age old formula and has a touch of realism that I hope will cause people to think.

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Live to Read

Good
Reviewed by Krystal Larson on May 04 2012

The main character, Rain, is easy to relate to and the plot itself could happen in any town.

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In the Next Room

Good
Reviewed by Zoe on May 16 2012

This is a traditional mystery with enough of a unique twist to make it stand out.

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Books with Bite

Good
Reviewed by Savannah on Apr 15 2012

Wholly satisfying, The Girl In The Park is beautifully executed.

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Book Twirps

Good
Reviewed by O'Dell on Mar 27 2012

Ms. Fredericks writing style is great and she unravels the mystery at a perfect pace.

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Apr 23 2012

...this unusual crime mystery with an unlikely and admirable sleuth at its center is a tight thriller that stands out from the rest of the pink-dust-jacketed pack.

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Crowding the Book Truck

Good
Reviewed by Caroline on Apr 22 2012

This book oozes atmosphere in a really great way...If readers are looking for a book filled with secrets and lies, definitely check this one out.

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Imaginary Reads

Good
Reviewed by Kris on Mar 14 2012

In the span of a little over 200 pages, Mariah Fredericks captivated me and sent her message home.

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Rondo of a Possible World

Good
Reviewed by Courtney on Jun 16 2012

An enjoyable mystery in the New York City is always a fun and nice read...Fredericks did a wonderful job with this novel.

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A Good Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Kari Olson on Jun 05 2012

With a captivating central character, and pulling in some great elements, this one is enjoyable and worthwhile.

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Chronicles of a Book Evangelist

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 22 2012

The novel rushes forward but never let me behind. It was thoughtful and thought-provoking, moody and suspenseful, disturbing yet ultimately uplifting.

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Fabbity Fab Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jul 03 2012

This is a tightly wound, haunting and uncomfortable mystery novel.

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Reading Junky

Good
May 31 2012

Not everything is as it appears which will keep readers guessing until the end.

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Kindle and Me

Good
Reviewed by Anjana Vasan on Apr 22 2012

This is a book that's almost impossible to put down - a transfixing novel with deep, dark characters and a fast, suspenseful, thrilling storyline that literally gave me chills.

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Wandering Librarians

Good
Reviewed by Arianna on Jul 06 2012

...a good and engaging mystery that kept me guessing.

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I'm a Book Shark

Below average
Reviewed by Mickey on Jun 17 2012

...some parts of the story didn't seem to fit the whole. The feel was off ...

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JJ Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Johanna Romero on Apr 18 2012

I felt at times that the pace of the book was slow...It just didn't feel believable to me.

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Coffee, Books and Laundry

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa on Apr 22 2012

I never felt connected to the what was happening. I was not invested in any characters.

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Five Alarm Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Steph on Apr 19 2012

The setting was interesting...and the ending could have blown me away had the author not felt the need to give it all away too soon.

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Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Loretta on Apr 13 2012

Fredericks really wrote a bone chilling, murder mystery. These are never easy books to read. Espically when lives are taken. I was relieved to see that Fredericks kept you on your toes.

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Readspace

Good
Reviewed by Susan on May 03 2012

True mysteries written for teens are rare enough, and I am glad to say that Fredericks does an excellent job of creating a taut well paced novel peopled with compelling characters in an ultra exclusive setting.

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Blog-o-rama

Excellent
Reviewed by Laci Crawford on May 31 2012

This book showed how such a young girl takes the heartache and how she tries to deal with it. It was more then a page turner. It made you want more. It made you want everything to be okay for Rain...

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Mom Reads My Books

Below average
Reviewed by Amie on May 30 2012

I did find there to be a lack of characterization in the story. Even the main character, Rain, and the dead girl, Wendy, were not fleshed out well.

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The Book Stoner

Good
Reviewed by Eva on Apr 09 2012

There's more to the story though because it's also about friendship, finding courage, and choosing to see the good in people and who they really are.

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