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Driving home from a bonfire party, eighteen-year-old John Hawk crashes, killing his girlfriend, Riley. Bullied and tormented at school, and crushed by his guilty conscience, John transfers to a school on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he attracts the eye of the principal’s daughter, Megan. Though he’s reluctant, she convinces him to be her prom date. The morningDriving home from a bonfire party, eighteen-year-old John Hawk crashes, killing his girlfriend, Riley. Bullied and tormented at school, and crushed by his guilty conscience, John transfers to a school on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he attracts the eye of the principal’s daughter, Megan. Though he’s reluctant, she convinces him to be her prom date. The morning after prom, Principal Jones reports Megan missing. Four days later, her body is recovered from the river, and John becomes the prime suspect in her death.Charley Cotton, Megan’s best friend, knows that Megan had a secret, but she doesn’t trust John because of his past. John is desperate to avoid adding to the shame he carries for Riley’s death, though—it’s destroying his life. With Charley’s help, he learns that others in Megan’s life had a motive to keep her quiet. But every effort they make to uncover the truth edges them closer to a desperate murderer with everything to lose....

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ISBN : 9781940215396
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Number of Pages : 220 Pages
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The Weight of Guilt Reviews

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-02-22 05:26

    I found this to be a very powerful and moving story. John and Riley are around the bonfire with other friends, Riley has been drinking but John has this rule, he never drinks before a wrestling tournament. All he wants to do is take Riley home and tuck her safely into bed.On the way home there is an awful accident in which Riley is killed.At the opening of this read you are thrown, literally thrown right into it. The collision that happened in the back is a collision course you too find yourself on with John after he finds his beautiful girlfriend Riley is dead, and he blames himself.If only....John is a High School Senior and the prom is coming up. Megan is a popular girl and she wants to tease John out of his depressive state and show him, life really does go on and so he agrees to go with her to the prom, against his better judgement.HE just knew something was about to happen, and it did, there was an ugly row between Megan and her ex boyfriend. They leave together. John makes it home, but the very next day Megan is missing. Four days later her body is found. John is being framed for Megan's murder.There is another voice within this book, her name is Charley and you will meet her in alternative chapters between John's. This is a very well written book, although this is meant for YA I still found myself enjoying it. I felt sorry for John, first his home life, then his girlfriend dies in the car accident, he blames himself so he has that on his shoulder weighing him down THEN he is being framed for Megan's murder. He just can't stop getting into trouble.I have to thank Red Adept Publishing for my copy. You will be able to follow the tour soon on my promotion blog: review blog is here:

  • Meghan
    2019-03-09 23:33

    Though this book has a lot of characters in it, the story is mainly about three high school students: Megan, Charley, and John Hawk. Megan and Charley have been best friends for a long time, and John is new to their school and their small town. Even though John has a bit of a secret past, he's a good looking guy and, after Megan tries to get Charley to go out with him - with no luck - she sets her eyes on him for herself. One night at prom and everything changes. Megan is missing and then found dead. The cops have only one suspect - John - so it's up to Charley and John to figure out who really took Megan's young life.I'm always completely honest in my reviews, and this one will be no different. I wanted to love this book - and I did - but it wasn't until after Megan disappeared that it really grabbed my interest. The first couple of chapters, to me, were kinda boring and dragging - and let me explain why. It seemed like every other YA book I've read - gorgeous girl meets good looking new guy who has a past o_O Sound familiar? She then dumps her on again-off again boyfriend so she can go with new guy to the prom (even though she had originally tried to set up her not-so-gorgeous best friend with him) and she doesn't really seem to give a flying flip that he doesn't want to go to the prom or who else she may be hurting. Yes, I found Megan pretty selfish and self-centered. And slutty. This is made even worse by the way she treats her father and step-mother when John arrives at her house before the prom. But then, after their talk in the car after prom, you find out a little bit more about her and her family, and you see that she really is kinda human after all, even though she has this hard, not-so-sweet candy exterior. Once she goes missing and you start seeing how upset Charley is - and the memories from the past that Charley shares with John - you get to like her a little bit more. Unfortunately, by the time I started liking her, she was already out of the story. But that happens. This IS a murder mystery ... which means someone has to die.Once her body is found, things REALLY get good. As I mentioned, the cops have only one suspect, and they're willing to do anything (including lie to him about facts of the case) to get him to mess up or, even better, confess. The only problem is: he DIDN'T do it. John and Charley start investigating themselves - first, separately, then together. There's a lot of suspense and intense moments throughout the story, especially when they are dealing with the cops involved in the story. And Megan's parents. As they get closer and closer to finding out who the murderer is, things get more intense - and a little scary (not horror scary, but definitely had me biting my nails and hoping nothing happens to these two). I started figuring things out around the time that they did, but there was way more to the story than anyone ever expected and, in the end, John is considered a hero. Even though Megan's dead, there is a happy ending, and I liked the way everything was concluded.I really liked Charley. I don't know, I guess I relate with the not-so-pretty, not-so-popular girls in these stories. They always seem more real than the "perfect" girls in these stories.The character I disliked the most will probably shock any of you who have read this, but it was John's sister. Yes, I disliked her more than the person or people that harmed Megan. She is John's sister and, no matter what has happened in his past, she should have been there for him. Instead, she seemed to believe everyone but him and blame it all on him as well. Maybe she was just nervous and worried, but she handled everything all wrong. Her behavior and attitude only made things worse for John. (And her son was a tad annoying. She never seemed to do anything to settle him down or explain things to him.)Favorite quote: "Fresh out of boyfriends today." Charley is a sarcastic one. And pretty witty, too. :)Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Please remember that this review is my opinion based on my personal impressions of the book.

  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    2019-03-22 06:27

    I really enjoyed this story. I'd put this in the young adult category. I'd certainly recommend it to the younger readers.Haven't we all felt guilty at some stage in our lives? The weight of the guilt can certainly get us down? When I read the title I thought yes I'm definitely interested in reading this story.John is overwhelmed with guilt. He moves away to live with his sister for a fresh start. Unfortunately the guilt doesn't go away. What happens when he's accused of a murder? His past comes back to haunt him. I thought the first half of the story was slower than I'd have liked. However the second half moved up a gear and the pace was faster for me. I kept trying to guess what happened to Megan but the author certainly surprised me. Great read.

  • Julie
    2019-02-26 01:36

    The Weight of Guilt by Jon Ripslinger is a 2015 Red Adept Publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a solid YA mystery thriller centered around John Hawk, an eighteen year old high school senior who has moved in with his sister to finish out the last semester of school, after a horrific car crash takes the life of his girlfriend, Riley. John tries to keep to himself, keep his head down, and stay out of trouble. He is all tied up in knots over Riley's death, although he was not at fault. However, a young and popular girl named Megan decides to take John under her wing and coerces him into being her date for the prom. John knew deep down it was a bad idea, but Megan wouldn't take no for an answer. But, when an ugly confrontation at the prom with Megan's ex- boyfriend transpires, the couple leave together, but only one of them makes it home. The next day Jon finds himself the number one person of interest in Megan's disappearance. When her body if found four days later, Jon knows he needs to find out what happened to his friend because it's obvious he is being framed for her murder. Once more I picked up a YA novel without realizing it was firmly set in that category. So, let me explain that YA are a hit or miss with me because at my age I just can't always relate to teen characters, or the story is just not complex enough for my taste, but at other times YA is just as riveting as any other type of novel. For me this one was not challenging enough for me, but putting on the old critical thinking cap, I believe the story is perfect for the age range it is primarily written for. This is a mature YA novel, with some language, sexual situations and violence. The themes are mature and definitely meant for older teens or the early twenties crowd. John and Megan bond over their crappy lives, both having been dealt a sorry hand of cards when it came to parents and bad luck. Both of them acted out because of the issues in their home lives, and both of them were hurting. But, before anything could come of the relationship, Megan is murdered. When John begins searching for clues he approaches Charley, Megan's best friend, hoping she might have some answers. The two get off on the wrong foot initially, but Charley slowly begins to realize she and John are on the same side and they begin trying to figure out who killed Megan together. The story is told with the alternate perspectives of John and Charley...I liked Charley a lot and for me she made the story enjoyable. She was the most centered and balanced character, the one who thought fast, was smart , funny, and genuine, and provided the most interesting dialogue. John's character was so weighted down with huge issues and with such a heavy burden on his shoulders he rarely had a positive thought, made a joke, laughed, or found much to feel happy about. He was quiet and serious, and as such, despite knowing his history, and background, he was a little too unemotional, seemed to speak in a monotone, and was often stilted. He was likable enough and of course I felt bad for his situation, but do wish he had had a little more fire in his personality. The mystery is truly twisted as morally bankrupt adults play fast and loose with the law and a young girl pays the price for their sins. John and Charley make a pretty good team and it would be fun to see them come back some day to solve more crimes. I recommend this book for those who like an uncomplicated, character driven mystery without a lot of graphic violence or for those who enjoy a mature YA mystery with an edge to it. 3.5 rounded to 4

  • Lynelle Clark
    2019-03-05 02:25

    I received the book from the author for an honest review.This was truly a suspense filled book with enough drama to keep your attention. The characters were believable and very human with all their flaws a brilliant attempt to deliver a well thought out story with intrigue. John Hawk's character touched me deeply and I really felt for him as he struggled to make sense of his life and the bad things that persistently followed him throughout his high school. Even though he tried to flee his "curse" kept on following him and he was left in despair but that never kept him down long. His tenacity and strong will captured my attention.Charley's character was the one that kept him grounded ready to move forward despite all the bad that followed him. Her strong character kept the boat afloat physically and literally and I liked her wit. The story itself kept you turning the pages, it was fast paced with a good flow to the events as it followed each other seemingly without missing a beat. The author's writing style drew you in from the moment you start to read the first page and never allowed you to drop the story midstream. A brilliant work and I enjoyed every moment. Thanks for the opportunity to read this story and be part of the adventure.

  • Karie
    2019-02-27 05:37

    This is my first read by Jon Ripslinger. Fantastic! So many import issues discussed. The story was face paced and the characters were well devoloped and very likable. I look so very forward to reading more by this author. ** I was provided a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 5/5 **cross posted to My Reading Reality

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    2019-02-23 00:39

    Review originally posted on Books and Ladders.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I thought, at first, that this book was more of a coming of age novel, but boy was I wrong. It was a thriller in which the hot, popular girl gets murdered after a night out with the new boy with the troubled past. The novel and plot itself were good -- but not great. At first, I liked that it rotated between Charly's and John's points of view, but it didn't add more to the story by doing so and they ended up having to "repeat" themselves to one another when they switched views. I thought that since John had mentioned after his trauma he had blackouts that it was going to end up being that he did kill Megan and just couldn't remember doing so. Or at least that he knew something more about the night but couldn't remember because of the head trauma. Also, considering he had been in the car accident and received a concussion there, he should have been way worse off after he received another one. I think Charly was a good character, but her actions were pretty predictable. The cabin scene where we found out the killer the previous night and then it was "confirmed" for us the next day was not well done in my opinion. I did not like that John revealed the killer to us before we really got to meet them? Even though it ended up being "wrong" per say. I just think that it would have been better for John to have his revelations about who the killer was as he was explaining the story to the person he assumed was the killer. I think that would have made for a better twist/story.Overall: 3.5/5 stars because while it was good, the characters ended up spoiling the killer for me and that wasn't cool.

  • Kimber Wheaton
    2019-03-21 07:25

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review3.5 starsThe Weight of Guilt is an intense, heavy read-- I think the title is very appropriate.The mystery was told in first person from the alternating viewpoints of John Hawk and Charley Cotton. I really liked John, felt such pain for what he'd endured. Charley, I liked her, but didn't understand or connect with her much. She was a likable character, loyal to her best friend, sweet, intelligent, but for some reason, I enjoyed the scenes from John's POV much more than Charley'sThe story is very fast-paced, but I had a difficult time becoming as immersed as I had hoped. The first few chapters especially just didn't resonate with me. However, once Megan disappeared, things got interesting. I found Megan to be immensely annoying, so I think that was the reason I didn't like the earlier chapters as much. There were lots of secrets in Megan's past which made the mystery interesting and twisty.I stated earlier that I liked the scenes from John's POV the best. While that's true, I also have to say that he was a troubled, burdened character. The weight of his burden was almost palpable as I read.The ending didn't really surprise me, but I do think Mr. Ripslinger did a great job building the suspense until the big reveal. Though there wasn't a lot of graphic violence, I would have to rate this as upper YA due to the subject matter. Dark and character-driven, I think this novel will appeal to mature teens.

  • Charelene Douglas
    2019-03-10 03:48

    Arc received for an honest reviewI really enjoyed this Story. It's a Powerful and touching story.The author keeps the reader on the edge with all the guessing and trying to solve the Mystery but there is way more to the story than anyone can EVER expect. The first half of the story is a bit slower in pace but once in the second half things speed up.I love that the story is told from multiple points of view, mostly John's and this adds to the mystery and suspense of the story.All the Characters are well written. John's Character was so weighted down with his issues and burdens but yet still likable for the reader to feel taken by him. I have to say that Charley was my favorite Character in this story. She's got lots of sass and had me smiling a lot.This is a very Good Mystery / Thriller Read although I would say this is a YA novel. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this story. I LOVE the Authors writing style and would recommend this to anyone.Would love to reader more from this Author .

  • Janine
    2019-03-24 23:30

    I was lucky to get a copy of this from net galley .That was an incredibly enjoyable read.I was taken in by the characters and i loved every second of it.

  • T.H. Hernandez
    2019-03-20 01:28

    After reading my first young adult mystery a few months ago, I've been hooked on the genre, trying to channel a little Veronica Mars, novel-style. The Weight of Guilt delivers. Told from dual points of view, Jon Ripslinger creates believable teen characters who are dealing with a lot. None of his characters have easy, carefree lives. John, one of his main characters, has had more crap in his short life than any kid should have to deal with. Even Charley, who has a decent home life, has to deal with the murder of her best, and really only true, friend.When John moves to a small Mississippi River town after the death of his girlfriend, Megan, the daughter of the school principal, has her sights set on him. He's good looking, mysterious, and will piss off her boyfriend, Cole, who she's pretty much done with. Refusing to take no for an answer, she convinces John to escort her to prom. But when Megan disappears and her body is found four days later, John becomes the prime suspect. He and Charley team up to find out who really killed her, and friendship and maybe something a little more begins to blossom between them. But whoever killed Megan wants John dead, too, putting both of them in danger.World BuildingSmall town America comes alive in Jon Ripslinger's tale. The small tight-knit community, secrets, gossip, and lies all take a starring role.PlotThe main plot is who killed Megan and it's a solid teen mystery. Several subplots wind through, all of which include the potential other suspects, and a subtle romance between John and Charley, which is really well done.CharactersThe strongest aspect is the character development. Each character is deep, layered, and complex, adding to the mystery. Even secondary and tertiary characters have depth and in some cases their own story arcs.The WritingIt took me a little bit to get into the story. It didn't always read like young adult, but that isn't a bad thing. There's very little strong language, and a cast of young characters, but otherwise reads far more like an adult thriller or mystery. And I think that sets it apart from other books in the category. In a good way.The EndingAlthough I kind of figured out who it was before the big reveal, the ending was still well done, and not predictable by any stretch.Top Five Things I Enjoyed About The Weight of Guilt1. John Hawk. He's a fascinating character that I could totally get behind from the opening pages.2. Anne. John's sister takes him in and worries about him the way a sister should.3. Charley Cotton. She's the plain girl, always in the shadow of her bright and shiny best friend, and yet she has no jealousy. She's fiercely loyal, strong, independent, stubborn, and a complex, fascinating character.4. The Police. All the detectives and police officers are well-developed. Although stereotypical at times, not in an over-the-top manner, more in a believable, gumshoe kind of way.5. Megan. There was so much to like about our victim, I was sorry we didn't get more time with her.Bottom LineThe Weight of Guilt is a strong young adult mystery with a side of romance that moves from the opening pages.DisclaimerI was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  • Katja Berger
    2019-03-18 02:24

    Jeg gik ind til The Weight of Guilt med absolut minimale forventninger. Jeg havde aldrig hørt om Jon Ripslinger eller hørt nogen sige noget som helst om nogen af hans bøger. Ideen lød bare god, og så sprang jeg på, og forventede måske lidt en 2-stjernet oplevelse. I sidste ende blev det til 4.Denne solide young adult thriller fokuserer på John Hawk, 18årig high school senior, der er flyttet ind hos sin søster og dennes søn, for at færdiggøre sit sidste skoleår. John er flygtet fra rygter og mareridt, efter at have været involveret i en bilulykke, der tog livet af hans kæreste, Riley. Freden er dog kort for John, da han tilbringer en nat sammen med Megan, kun for at vågne op og opdage at hun er sporløst forsvundet. Da hendes lig bliver fundet fire dage senere, er det op til John og Megans veninde Charley at forsøge at bevise Johns uskyld.Bogen er fortalt fra skiftevis Johns og Charleys synsvinkel. Det var ikke altid jeg synes at skiftet blev lavet helt optimalt, og det skete at de fik gentaget sig selv på grund af et skift i fortællervinklen, men det være sagt, så gav det alligevel noget lidt ekstra til plottet. Ikke mindst fordi John indrømmer at han har blackouts, hvor han ikke kan huske, hvad han har foretaget sig. Charleys kapitler var hyggelige og lidt søde. Hun er kvik, sjov og har en virkelig god balance i sit liv, der gav noget liv og power til hendes fortællerstemmel. John derimod er noget mere dyster, arret af sin fortid. Hans kapitler var ikke så sjove, men alligevel tog jeg mig selv i at nyde dem mest. De var den mere alvorlige del af plottet, og han var en utrolig likeable karakter.Det her er vist nok den anden krimi jeg har læst (den første var Ten), hvor der både fokuseres på teenagere og fortælles til teenagere. Harlan Coben har godt nok også skrevet et par stykker der har fokus på et hold teenagere, hvoraf én dør, men hans bøger har lidt mere voksen-karisma over sig, end jeg synes Jon Ripslinger giver sit plot. Det være sagt, så synes jeg faktisk at denne bog fungerer fint til både sin unge målgruppe, men også til de lidt ældre. Jeg var i hvert fald godt underholdt, selvom det ikke var det mest avancerede krimiplot. Johns omgang med de voksne og politiet giver balancen mellem at være ren ungdomsdrama og mere reel krimi, og giver lidt en blanding der kan fungerer i begge lejre.Læs alle anmeldelser her

  • Cresta McGowan
    2019-03-19 02:29

    Driving home from a bonfire party, eighteen-year-old John Hawk crashes, killing his girlfriend, Riley. Bullied and tormented at school, and crushed by his guilty conscience, John transfers to a school on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he attracts the eye of the principal’s daughter, Megan. Though he’s reluctant, she convinces him to be her prom date. The morning after prom, Principal Jones reports Megan missing. Four days later, her body is recovered from the river, and John becomes the prime suspect in her death.Charley Cotton, Megan’s best friend, knows that Megan had a secret, but she doesn’t trust John because of his past. John is desperate to avoid adding to the shame he carries for Riley’s death, though—it’s destroying his life. With Charley’s help, he learns that others in Megan’s life had a motive to keep her quiet. But every effort they make to uncover the truth edges them closer to a desperate murderer with everything to lose.The Review:Poor John Hawk just can't catch a break. Every girl he's with ends up dead. But the real mystery here is not Riley, but who killed Megan? The story is told from multiple points of view, mostly John's, and this adds to the suspense of the novel. There are several instances of general teen problems handled well in the pages of a fast-paced and interesting story. Bullying, grief, guilt, deception, loneliness are only the surface of relatable themes for young people (and adults!).Charley Cotton was probably my favorite character even though we get more from John's point of view. Her "all-American" persona really added to the layers of the novel and in the end, she was pivotal to the mystery at hand. I think she balanced the overall down-trodden (to be expected) character of John and created a solid juxtaposition for the reader. I also appreciated the plot and character driven mystery that didn't capitalize on too much gore despite the deaths implicated in the novel. A solid read, not too convoluted, yet still interesting enough to pull at fabric of mystery.

  • Bella Reads and Reviews
    2019-03-03 02:30

    This book intrigued me from the moment I saw the cover, and it didn’t disappoint. The story combines the mystery of a young girl’s murder with the thriller aspects of absolving a young man wrongly accused — and possibly framed — because of a past mistake. The author throws in a budding romance to boot which, for me, could have been left out but was not a game-changer. Overall, I was absorbed in the story and couldn’t put it down. The pace was quick, and I found the main characters appealing. There was plenty of action, and while the outcome was somewhat predictable, how the main characters got there was worth the read.The story is alternately told from two points of view — that of the young man, John Hawk, who is the accused, and that of Charley (Charlotte) Cotton, the best friend of the murdered girl. In addition to being the outcast in a new high school, John is a tortured soul carrying the weight of guilt after a friend’s death in a car accident, even though the accident was not his fault. Charley is a quiet girl with a no-nonsense personality who doesn’t trust John any more than anyone else does, but also realizes there’s more going on overall than meets the eye. Seeing the same events through the perspectives of two different young people and being privy to their changing attitudes toward each other added extra interest for me.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-17 04:34

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When Charlie's best friend is found floating in the Mississippi, the obvious suspect is the new guy in town. After all, the last girl to leave a party with John also ended up dead. But Charlie knows that Megan was keeping secrets, and her gut tells her that the biggest threat in her small town is not John. The alternating narrative between Charlie and John, has appeal for both male and female readers, but it does result in some repetition of events, which slows the pace. There are plenty of secrets and suspects, but I was able to guess the murderer long before the characters puzzled it out, so most readers will find their experience is more about the tension of dramatic irony than suspense. The action is fairly well paced, but I did find the resolution was a little overly complicated, and, ultimately it demanded a suspension of disbelief I wasn't prepared for in a contemporary mystery. I think this is an enjoyable, if average read. It is a little edgy, and it certainly feels like the threat to characters is real, so I think my high school readers, the target audience, will find it engaging. More discerning readers will find it less compelling. Language and situations, though not explicit, are most appropriate for mature high school readers.

  • Marissa
    2019-02-23 05:30

    Kindle Copy for ReviewJohn Hawk teenage life is full of mistakes. He has a record for underage drinking to driving while intoxicated trouble just finds him. Recently he gotten into a car accident killing girlfriend while someone else crashed into them but people blame him thinking he was drinking. John soon became a target of bullying as even the dead girl’s brother kept sending him black roses. To get away from it all he moves to a small town where his sister lives with her young son for a new start.He meets Meagan the principal’s daughter who befriends him. They soon form a friendship where they felt comfort telling each other their secrets. Meagan asks him to the prom and he accepts knowing he should stay away from her. Despite an ex boyfriend who makes threats against them they managed to go to the prom but she ends up going missing and he is prime suspect as her body is found days later.Megan’s best friend Charley Cotton knows that Meagan had a secret but was it enough to be killed for? She knows she should not trust John who has a past but she finds herself helping him to find the real killer. Can these two find the real killer before they become the next victims? Will they realize that they may have something special before it is too late?

  • Al
    2019-03-16 04:37

    This book has a lot going on. It's a thriller, with a mystery (how did Megan die) at it's heart, and has a bit of romance and a coming-of-age vibe to boot. Themes revolving around personal responsibility, redemption, family, and friendship setup some subtle lessons for the reader who notices while keeping up a quick pace and ratcheting up the tension if you just want a thriller.The point-of-view character alternates between John and Charley giving us different takes on what is going on as we get into the mind of each. I didn't have any issues keeping track of which character's POV was current, even in those rare chapters where each took a turn leading the way. Both John and Charley were appealing. Not without quirks and faults, but both likable and kids you could feel for and hoped to see get through this experience intact. A good read, whether you're in the obvious target demographic or even, like me, more than just a few years past.**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

  • Hooked On Books
    2019-02-27 23:48

    This my first read by Jon Riosinger ,which I am giving five stars as I could not put it down.The chapters are short and are written between John Hawk, Charley Cotton and Megan point's of view. It is a young adult novel which I didn't realize until i was a third of the way through, but never the less didn't bother me although you would I'm too old for this, category this is a romance mystery and thriller which keeps the reader guessing who did it? This I enjoyed.The characters are very likable.John Hawk- The main character is weighted with guilt from his girlfriend Riley's death, after a car accident then Megan's death after a date with her.Charley Cotton is Megan's best friend who helps John unravel the mystery of Megan's killer after everyone thinks it is John's doing. As he has been framed for it. I would definitely recommend this and also look forward to reading more books by this author.

  • Alison
    2019-02-25 02:48

    This is a YA book but can also easily be enjoyed by an older audience if you like a mystery .. we were all teenagers once & this reminded me of some of the turmoil faced at that time of life.Poor John doesn’t have much luck with the girls .. after a night out there is a car accident on the way home & Riley his girlfriend is killed. Finally moving on as youngsters do in the ‘handsome guy gets girls interested’ scenario the school prom is looming .. Charley & Megan think it would cheer him up to … fast-forward to after the prom & Megan has disappeared only to be discovered murdered & John is accused .. this evokes all the feelings of guilt associated with the death of Riley.The mystery is investigated by John & Charley .. & we hear their points of view. Steady pace, quite well written, the characters had some substance, overall a decent read if you like a little suspense that is not scary.I received a copy via Red Adept Publishing & Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for my opinion.

  • Riley
    2019-03-06 01:40

    I received this book through Netgalley for an honest review. The Weight of Guilt was a book that I went in thinking I know this story and I already know who the murderer is. Little did I know how much of a ride this book would take me on. The mystery was actually really good, at first I thought I figured out who did it, but then the author would drop another clue and it would totally throw me off. The characters were all really well written, I didn't really see any clichés. My favorite character was probably Charley, even though she was small, she packed a lot of sass. She wasn't afraid to get down and dirty. John was also very well written, he had so many layers and flaws but you knew in the center he was a good guy. I really enjoyed the author's writing style, it reminded me a little bit of Gillian Flynn. Though this author is not as dark. I would really recommend if you're looking for a good mystery/thriller.

  • Cindy Bidwell
    2019-03-05 04:26

    This book was a strange read for me. It had an interesting story line and for the most part I was engaged with the characters and the plot. Overall though, it just didn’t seem to fulfil it’s potential. It came across as amateurish in it’s delivery. The dialogue was stilted and the switching point of views were confusing. The ambience though, was slightly edgy and that lifted my opinion of the piece as a whole. Very Teenage Angst3 StarsReview abbreviated due to spoilers - see full review at!Review-... Disclaimer:I obtained an ARC from the publisher (via Netgalley) with a view to providing an honest review. The thoughts expressed above, are entirely my own.

  • Rosemary Fifield
    2019-03-01 02:40

    Couldn't put it downI absolutely loved this book, and it's been a long time since I've been able to say that. Fast-paced, with believable and appealing characters and a story that kept me reading late into the night. John Hawk is a flawed person unjustly accused of murder who immediately had me rooting for him. Charley is feisty and likable, clever and tough. The story is not predictable but ultimately makes sense. My one regret is that it's over. Now I'm going to have to find more books by this author, and hope they are as good.

  • LittleDeadRedGoddess
    2019-03-21 07:36

    This seems to be there year where over half the books I read I seem to find lacking something. This book could have been better. I actually really liked John Hawk a lot and Charlie Cotton was likable as well. I think the story just never seemed to take form properly. The mystery was way too easy to figure out. You knew who the culprit was as soon as Megan revealed her secret. I don't think I can really recommend it. I am rather disappointed that I have yet to find a book that has really captured me this year. I have 37 more books left in my challenge so hopefully more will capture me!

  • Peggy
    2019-03-23 02:23

    Very pleased with the way this book was written. Every young adult and up will really enjoy that book and relate in some format. The secrets that are behind the cover will keep you wandering as the plot of the story will keep you guessing. It's a page turner so be prepared for sleepless nights!*Received for an honest review*

  • Linda
    2019-03-16 00:51

    I received this book for free in return for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book. The story grabbed me from the beginning and kept my interest to the end. The plot was easy to follow, but the alternating POV between John and Charlie got a bit confusing toward the end when you weren’t sure which character was speaking. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys mysteries.

  • Mariah Smith (Vibin With Books)
    2019-03-16 05:33