|Dead Girls Walking : Suzy Cox|
Dead Girls Walking is the second book in The Dead Girls' Detective Agency; a new YA series written by award-winning journalist and author Suzy Cox. At the end of the first book, we leave Charlotte, a New York teen who was killed when she was pushed in front of a subway train, stuck in Attessa (the teen equivalent of Limbo), perhaps indefinitely. There is enough recap in the second book that you don't have to have read the first to understand what is going on.
I did read the first, for the purposes of research, and think that Dead Girls Walking would stand alone just as well on it's own. In fact, I found the pace a lot better in this one, whereas book one, The Dead Girls Detective Agency, seemed a bit more focussed on scene-setting than engaging.
In true YA style, there are a lot of references to popular culture in the book; particularly with references to fashion and TV and film characters, which would no doubt appeal to young readers, giving them the chance to connect with the characters. I was pleased to see that this book spends more time on the murder mystery element than the partially-undead love triangle which seems to haunt the first book. There was doubt in my mind until the last few pages as to who was responsible for the murder and when the end was revealed, it became clear that this detective agency have a lot more work to do - in future books, of course.
I'd recommend this if you have a fondness for YA series' such as Geek Girl, Spy Series and maybe even Twilight. My review is part of the blog tour for this release - you can check out the posts which have been up so far in the tour here: Book Worm Ink // NYX Book Reviews // Fiction Fascination // Book Angel Booktopia // Much Loved Books