Life isn't currently easy for Wylie. Her mother died in a
car accident four months ago, leaving her with a father
who loves her but doesn't understand her like her mother
did. Wylie has stopped leaving her house, instead doing
her schooling and even her counseling sessions from her
home. However, when her best friend, Cassie, goes
missing, Wylie knows she has to do something, even if it
means accompanying Cassie's boyfriend, Jasper, on a crazy
search with only random text messages as clues to what is
going on with Cassie.
Wylie is an unusual heroine. Initially, I was annoyed
with her as she seemed to ramble a lot. I like the fact
that Wylie is open about her mental health issues
although her behaviors are a bit inconsistent and the
revelations we get frustrated me somewhat. Kimberly
McCreight does a brilliant job at utilizing the
"unreliable narrator" with Wylie as we constantly
question Wylie's perception of events, adding another
layer of intrigue to the overall storyline.
THE OUTLIERS takes off a bit slowly but once the action
kicks in then watch out as the twists Kimberly McCreight
throws at the reader are quite startling. Interestingly
enough, all the pieces of the puzzle are there for the
reader to see but oh wow did THE OUTLIERS take an
THE OUTLIERS is one of those books that leaves me with
mixed emotions. On one hand, THE OUTLIERS is a brilliant
thriller with innovative twists and turns that made each
page an unexpected journey. On the other hand, it's
almost outlandish at times and I still have far more
questions than answers as to what actually is going on.
Kimberly McCreight has definitely intrigued me, however,
as I can't wait to see how the cliffhanger will resolve
itself in the second book of The Outliers series!
From the New York Times bestselling author of
Reconstructing Amelia comes a fast-paced teen
series where one girl learns that in a world of intrigue,
betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, it is vital to trust
It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your
help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week,
not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter.
Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has
done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie
where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of
having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie
sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the
rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to
ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to
dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and
farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles
to control her growing sense that something is really wrong.
What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be
only the beginning?
In this breakneck tale, New
York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight
brilliantly chronicles a fateful journey that begins with a
single decision—and ends up changing everything.