Jane’s night was killer…

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.

Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane’s boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface—not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. The clues point in one direction–and a killer a little too close for comfort.

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Publishers Weekly
Jaffe (Bad Kitty) has honed her craft with several adult thrillers, and that’s a big benefit for a story that is superficially identical to a slew of recent YA novels featuring innocent heroines sucked into the popularity trap by rich girls with evil hearts. Jaffe, too, presents the de rigueur litany of designer names and cliquey cruelties, and there’s no surprise when the villain is unveiled. Where this story distinguishes itself is in character development. Jane Freeman is a believable adolescent, trivial and thoughtless most of the time, but capable of insight and empathy when she stops to think. And trapped in an ICU bed after a near-fatal hit and run, Jane has a lot of time to do just that. She also seems to have company, as eerie threats from a “secret admirer” appear in her hospital room. Jaffe fully develops the evolution of Jane’s situation and the piecemeal return of her memories after her trauma-induced amnesia fades. Even when adults around Jane question her sanity, readers will continue to trust this character who has been so thoroughly and sympathetically unfolded. Ages 12 up. (Dec.)

Fear and anticipation stalk this psychological thriller as popular, pretty Jane tries to recover from a hit-and-run accident while wondering which of her beloved friends is trying to murder her. All of Jane’s friends are pretty—in fact every young character seems to have stepped straight out of Vogue—and most are super-wealthy. Jane’s fears come across as somewhat more realistic than her friends do, however, as she copes with threatening phone calls, dire messages written on mirrors and frightening gifts delivered to her in her hospital room. Plausible red herrings abound, along with the creeping suspicion that Jane might be imagining things. Jaffe manages the suspense marvelously while also unfolding Jane’s emotional life, especially her estrangement from her mother and her hidden knowledge of the death of another friend. The friends alter before readers’ eyes as they learn ever more about them through the veil of the unreliable narrator, who, as her hospital orderly observes, is a lousy judge of character. Cleverly written with a finger on the pulse of the target audience—a winner. (Thriller. 14 & up)

BCCB review
After being hit by a car, Jane is found almost picturesquely laid out in the midst of a rosebush, a battered and broken girl in a party dress eerily resembling the photographs she herself arranges for her Dead Princesses series. She awakens in a hospital room with only scattered memories of the events that culminated in her being struck and left for dead, and it soon becomes clear (to her anyway) that this was no accident, and that someone is eager to finish what he or she started.
Her image-conscious mother and her doctors, however, suspect that the trauma of the experience is making her paranoid, so it is up to her and a hot bad-boy hospital volunteer to figure out who among her apparently devoted friends wants her dead. Jane’s memory returns in flashes, deepening and twisting the mystery as suspects multiply such that even seasoned mystery buffs will have a hard time predicting the nail-biting conclusion. Unlike Jaffe’s previous books, this doesn’t have Scooby Doo–style antics and richly comic laugh lines; instead it meditates on the grotesqueries of high-school popularity games and the deep-seated unmet needs of those who play them. The mystery has plenty of intrigue and the overwrought high-school drama plenty of appeal, though, so Jaffe fans may enjoy the change of pace, and crime fiction buffs will relish Jane’s search for answers. KC