The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly
Author: Meredith Tate
Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Genre: YA mystery/thriller
Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons books for Young Readers
When band-geek Ivy and her friends get together, things start with a rousing board game and end with arguments about Star Wars.
Her older sister Autumn is a different story. Enigmatic, aloof, and tough as nails, Autumn hasn’t had real friends–or trusted anyone–in years. Even Ivy.
But Autumn might not be tough enough. After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound, and held hostage. Now, trapped between life and death, she leaves her body, seeking help. No one can sense her presence–except her sister.
When Autumn doesn’t come home, Ivy just knows she’s in trouble. Unable to escape the chilling feeling that something isn’t right, Ivy follows a string of clues that bring her closer to rescuing her sister… and closer to danger.
Autumn needs Ivy to find her before time runs out. But soon, both sisters realize that finding her also means untangling the secrets that lead to the truth–about where they’re hiding Autumn, and what Autumn has been hiding.
If you’re looking for a mystery/thriller that will keep you turning the pages, pick up this book. There’s also a bit of a paranormal aspect to this book which I absolutely loved.
This isn’t just a mystery thriller though, the book is a lot more sinister than that. It deals with tough topics and topics that are very relevant today. The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly will make you rage at the world and the injustice many woman face these days. It will make you want to punch every single adult who told a character she was making stuff up for attention.
Not only does the book touch on tough topics but it plays into the stereo types we all know. The all star jock who can do no wrong, the popular druggie who no one seems to take seriously and the super nerdy girl that everyone makes fun of. The book breaks down these stereotypes and shows that not everything is as it seems on the surface (which we all know). Just because you’re popular doesn’t mean you’re happy or have a ton of friends, just because you’re a huge geeky nerd doesn’t mean you don’t have a community and just because you might be the all star jock doesn’t mean you’re an all star human.
The story follows two sisters, one popular who is also a drug dealer, Autumn, and the other who is a giant nerd and loves her found family, Ivy. When Autumn goes missing no ones seems to care, she’s had run ins with the cops, she’s a drug dealer, stays out late, parties and sometimes doesn’t come home so everyone thinks she’s run away and will turn up. Ivy is the only one who seems to care about her well-being and believes something bad has happened. On Ivy’s mission to find Autumn she uncovers many secrets about her sister which explains why Autumn acts the way she does.
This book is fantastic and if you’re looking for something you can’t put down, this is it!