Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

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Rating
4/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Thriller/Mystery

Goodreads Summary

No one knows who she really is…

Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

Review

I have had Everything You Want Me to Be on my TBR list for way too long and was so excited when my book club decided to read it in April. The author, Mindy Mejia, is a fellow Minnesotan so I was thrilled to find a local author. The book is also set in Minnesota—not far from where I live—which made it even more exciting for me.

It took me a little bit to get into this one. However, once I did, I was pretty hooked! The story is told from three points of view—Hattie, Peter, and Del. We get to know each character well, including bits and pieces of their pasts. This kind of character development helps me to connect with the characters so much more.

Our book club was lucky enough to Skype with Mindy to discuss this book and ask questions. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing how she came up with the idea for this book (the setting was inspired by her grandparents’ farm in rural Minnesota), which perspective she enjoyed writing from the most (Del), and how she researched the different aspects of police procedural and murder cases (she is part of a crime group specifically for women authors).

I really enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend it. I cannot wait to pick up Mindy’s most recent book, Leave No Trace. She also has a new book in the works! 🙂

Author Mindy Mejia’s website

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