I have reviewed Some Laneys Died – A Skipping Sideways Thriller by Brooke Skipstone for Reader’s Favorite.
Some Laneys Died – A Skipping Sideways Thriller by Brooke Skipstone is a mind-boggling thriller in the YA genre. When Delaney, aka Laney, caught her father cheating, her world came crashing around her. Although he implored her to keep it a secret, Laney was too enraged to care for his pleading. She blurted out the truth to her mom. As a result, the decision was made and her parents decided to part ways. Unbeknownst to her, the moment she made the choice, in another universe, she lived the choice that she didn’t make.
One version of me did stay at Marissa’s. One version may have had sex with Eddie. Is that what’s happening? The choices I didn’t make still happen somewhere and affect me?– Some Laneys Died – A Skipping Sideways Thriller by Brooke Skipstone
In fact, every time she had to choose among two or more options, the ones that she discarded created another universe. Soon, she found herself surrounded by peculiar events that no logic could explain. However, something did stand out among those events; news report of two girls being murdered at the same place and time where she caught her father in the adulterous act. Her brain got entangled in this piece of information and just wouldn’t let go.
I thumb through the story again on my phone as my heart pounds. Two or three years ago two teenage girls died, probably murdered, their remains discovered in the same area I found dad with another woman.– Some Laneys Died – A Skipping Sideways Thriller by Brooke Skipstone
If mind-blowing was ever an apt word to describe a book, Some Laneys Died – A Skipping Sideways Thriller by Brooke Skipstone would be one of those books that did it justice. The concept of each choice we make creating a universe that runs parallel to the one where we chose differently was fascinating, to say the least. The marvelous storytelling of Brooke Skipstone befuddles her readers beyond measure. And soon, along with Laney, the readers become equally invested in solving the mystery of different universes. As Hannah, Laney’s mom attempts a scientific explanation regarding the bizarre events, the author’s knowledge of the subject shines through.
So far today, I’ve created seventy-three new universes, all containing another version of Delaney West, age sixteen. An hour ago, I opened the New Alert about the two dead girls; another version of me did not. In another world, she continues to laugh with Kaitlyn as they watch Marissa strip for her boyfriend on FaceTime.– Some Laneys Died – A Skipping Sideways Thriller by Brooke Skipstone
Besides that the curiosity to discover the killer of twin sisters was another brilliant addition to the thriller. The plot has all the elements working in its favor. Apart from the scenes where Laney immediately bonded with certain people, everything else worked flawlessly. The readers who are looking for a thriller with a gripping twist should add Some Laneys Died – A Skipping Sideways Thriller by Brooke Skipstone to their TBR list immediately.
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