Published by Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 7th 2017
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Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.
Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.
In To Catch a Killer, by Sheryl Scarborough, the main character, Erin Blake and besties Spam Ramos and Lysa Martin hone their detecting skills through a side hustle they call Cheater Checks.
For $10 this crew will analyze a stray hair, perform chromatography on a suspicious lipstick stain and even lightly invade a cell phone user’s privacy, all in the interest of catching an un-romantic partner in the throes of less than stellar boy or girl friend behavior.
Move over Veronica Mars, these girls have pretty strong opinions on how To Catch A Liar .
|Erin:||Liars are wracked with guilt. Wracked, I tell you.
They may not show it; for sure, the best ones never do. But it’s there. I ought to know, I’ve spun my share of lies. So, first step, observe. I mean step back and look at the whole person, who are they really, not what they want you to see. For example, someone who is always making jokes is probably hiding something. By keeping you laughing they think you won’t pay too close of attention to what they’re really up to. But I say keep watching, eventually the evidence trail will be revealed. Like when a guy swears he stayed home all night, but you notice a dark smudge on the back of his hand and realize he didn’t get the hand-stamp from the club completely washed off. Trust me, liars always leave a sweet, loose thread you can pull on.
|Spam:||Grab someone’s technology footprint, that’ll give you all the poop—along with plenty of other stuff that will probably creep you out for life. Just get your hands on their phone and you’ll have all the evidence you need.
Huh? How? Oh, just ask—hey, can I borrow your phone for a sec? Quick tip: swipe down to reveal the notifications and reminder screen. You can see a lot right there. And those screens show up even if the phone is still locked. I seriously love nailing some D-bag who thinks he’s so swanky, because it’s just too easy.
|Lysa:||You want the truth? I’ll give you the truth. Liars LIE to avoid getting caught. It’s that simple. In five minutes I could teach you all the little tics and quirks of the casual liar, like not making eye contact or making intense (meant to be convincing) eye contact. Looking up and to the right before answering a question is almost a sure sign that someone is lying. Biting nails, jiggling knees and someone who tells way too many details or absolutely zero details.
These tips are kind of like profiling to figure out someone’s potential to lie. To get the actual evidence, you’ll going to need Erin or Spam. But before Forensic Science became a thing, my method was what all the Detectives used. They’d come up with a profile and then manipulate their target into admitting everything. Yep. That’s how I do it.
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*To Catch A Killer is a Swanky17 Debut Coming February 7, 2017, from Tor Teen.
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