Her death tore them apart. Will solving her murder bring them back together?
Best friends Landy, Tenile, Nicole, Nathan, Justin, and Kareem were the golden children of Tanner University. Their paths were set: doctors, lawyers, business moguls, they were going to light the world on fire. Then, two weeks before graduation, Landy was murdered—and Nathan was blamed. Though he was never charged, vicious rumors drove him from town, and the circle of friends broke.
Ten years later, Nathan is back in Tanner, determined to clear his name. He’s asking questions no one wants answered, and soon rumors threaten to divide the community once more. Everyone in this small town is keeping big secrets—especially Landy’s old friends—and someone is willing to kill to keep their darkest deeds buried.
Rumors by A.C. Arthur is a mystery romance book, set in a tourist town called Tanner that has an excellent reputation for medicine. It focuses on a group of once college best friends that were torn apart after the murder of one of one of their group in college. Set 10 years after Landy’s murder all the friends someway or the other end up back in Tanner. Particularly Nathan who has returned to clear his name as he was once the main suspect in the murder of his girlfriends best friend and although not convicted in a small town like Tanner Nathan in the eyes of the people who live their did the deed.
Told through the perspectives of the group and a few others the reader can start to understand exactly what happened and how everything became very complicated for this ambitious group of friends in the past ten years. The whole book is full of secrets and mystery which reminded be a bit of Pretty Little Liars. Everyone has secrets they don’t want anyone else to know but in a town like Tanner everything is bound to come out eventually.
This book is equal parts mystery and romance. For the mysterious aspect it starts when Nathan receives a letter talking about how the mysterious writer behind it knows who the murderer is and that they will kill again. Determined to find out Nathan returns to Tanner to investigate and clear his name where he once again meets all of his once college best friends who one way or the other return for Landy’s memorial service. The plot line of the book is shrouded in deceit, murderous intent and malicious behaviour but is it just from the murderer? With all the characters that are involved their is a lot of revelations and secrets mixed in with the storyline that ensures readers rapt attention. For the romance element of the novel, well it was complicated to say the least. Originally when they were at college Landy and Justin were together but Nicole was in love with Justin and Nathan and Tanile were together. 10 years later Kazeem is dating Taniles little sister Tracy who has her own secrets that involve Nathan. And everyone else is basically with the wrong person.
One of my favourite aspects of the book was trying to figure out who the murderer was, it wasn’t a glaringly obvious staring you right in the face who did it kind of book which really was excellent and added a whole other level to the quality of A.C. Arthurs writing. There are so many different people that it could have been and just when you thought it was someone boom there was an alibi. My only problem is when is the next book going to be released? I can’t wait for it!
Lastly I received an eARC in return for an honest review via NetGalley.
Recommendation level: 4/5
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Pages: 267 pages