I was so happy to see Deadly Little Scandals up on Overdrive so soon after I’d read Little White Lies, and I couldn’t resist listening to the audiobook! If you’d like to see what I thought of Little White Lies (the first book in this series), you can find it here.
Title: Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genres: YA Mystery
Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group’s ranks may have the answers she’s looking for. Things are looking up… until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family’s summer home–and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.
No one is quite who they seem to be.
- This book picks up really soon after the last book. The unanswered questions are now at the forefront of Sawyer’s mind and she’s determined to find the answers.
- The structure of the novel is set up like the last one—there are two different timelines, one in the future and the other in the present, and they are slowly inching toward each other. I felt this was effective again, but maybe not as much as in the first book (just because I recognized the structural device this time around).
- There’s some romance in this book, unlike the last. It wasn’t the most compelling part of the story, so I’m glad it didn’t take precedence over the main story.
- The ending is CRAZY. CRAZY GOOD. It was completely unpredictable and I loved it.
- The audiobook narrator is the same as the previous book, and I love her narration so much! She does male and female voices so well—to the point that when she changes her voice, I know exactly who is talking. That is some serious skill.
The female friendships in this series is amazing. I can’t get over how much I love Sawyer, Lily, Sadie Grace, and Campbell, and how much they will do for each other. It’s so genuine. There’s no backbiting, no cattiness, nothing like that. It’s sad that I’m so amazed by this apparent phenomenon—it is getting better in YA, but this book takes it to a new level.
I believe this is the last book in the series—there are no more loose ends that I can think of anyway—and this book was such a good end. I’m terrible at finishing series, but I really sped through this one. I would recommend it to anyone needing an awesome mystery/suspense novel with killer female friendships.