Book Review: Alibi Volumes I-IV: The Complete Series by Annie Miles, John Byrne, Isabel Eckersley, Sorrel Provola

Abigail Shelton is dead.

Spring Valley's golden girl is found floating face-down in her boyfriend’s pool, hands bound behind her back, head bleeding, drugs and alcohol in her system. Her friends are the only suspects – and they all have reasons to want her dead. Everyone has an alibi, but no one is innocent.

ALIBI is a 4-part young adult e-book series. Each one-hundred page installment reveals the perspective of a different character: the secret love, the nemesis, the boyfriend, the best friend. As their tales unfold, we learn that Abby is not as perfect as everyone believes, but she’s not the only one with secrets to hide. This page-turning tale of suspense, betrayal, murder, and lust will keep fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars up and reading well past curfew.

Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher

This was a really neat concept, and very well-executed!  I was kind of leery going into Alibi, because I'm not one for short stories, and Alibi consists of four 100-page installments or volumes.  Each installment is told from a different main character's perspective.  But, the story flowed well, and getting a better understanding of each character was really neat.  I found Alibi to be compulsively readable.  During each volume, I was absolutely convinced as to who the killer was.  Then, I'd start a new volume and the tables would turn again, and I'd have to start over with figuring out who killed Abigail. 

I really liked the different voices of each character.  I didn't realize until after I'd finished the book, that a different author wrote each volume.  I think that is part of what makes each volume feel so fresh.  I found it so ironic how each character came across differently from volume to volume.  It's all about perspective, and that whole "in the eyes of the beholder" business.

Because Alibi consists of four volumes, many of the same events are told from different perspectives.  While this really helped me to get an understanding of why people behaved the way they did, some of the retelling started to get old for me.  It made me want to skim through certain parts, especially the parts that reiterated the same dialogue from before.

Overall, I enjoyed Alibi much more than I thought I would.  I would definitely read a compilation like this again. 

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