When Abbie Reed was five, a killer broke into her house and killed her older sister. Sixteen years later, Abbie is a college student approaching her 21st birthday, and still bearing the scars of that encounter.
Her friends come up with a unique way to celebrate her birthday; she’s given 21 dares to accomplish. What starts as a silly prank, however, turns deadly, as Abbie’s past comes back to haunt her.
21 Dares by J.C. Gatlin is an intense story. A reader can quickly become invested in the story and sympathetic with the main character as Abbie tries to determine the identity of the person taunting her with texts on her phone. The only thing keeping this book from a five star rating is the absence of a more careful job of proofreading—some of the grammatical errors were not only glaring, but distracting. It was also a little choppy in places.
As much as I would like to give it top marks, I have to give it three stars for execution.