Review of Some Shall Break By Ellie Marney

 Some Shall Break by Ellie Marney

To be published on June 6, 2023 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Plot Summary of Some Shall Break by Ellie Marney

After a harrowingly close contact with juvenile sociopath Simon Gutmunsson, junior FBI consultants Emma Lewis and Travis Bell went their separate ways.

Emma rejected her Quantico offer and Travis stayed to train within a new unit of the FBI Behavioral Science division. 

But the unit’s latest case is feeling eerily familiar, leading both Travis and Kristin Gutmunsson—Simon Gutmunsson’s eccentric twin— worrying that Emma is in peril. When Travis and Kristin turn up evidence that points back to Daniel Huxton, the serial killer that Emma had escaped, things become more complicated. 

With a copycat on the loose, Emma returns to Quantico and is thrown back into her past traumas. Compelled to prevent more tragedy—even if it means putting herself in danger—Emma turns to Simon for help once again. 

But Simon is keeping secrets that could impact their entire investigation. Will the team be able to stop the Huxton copycat before time runs out for his next victims?

Review of Some Shall Break by Ellie Marney

I wish I had read the synopsis of Some Shall Break on Goodreads, weird typos and all. (I fixed them above!) 

I went into book two with a hazy memory of all the events in None Shall Sleep, namely Emma's backstory.

THEN (and I swear this is because three years has gone by and I read so many books a year) I completely forgot that this book was set in the 80s. 

I mean, how could I ever forget that? But I did. Clearly I am NOT a candidate for the FBI.

So I am working on a quick spoiler post for those of you who want to refresh your memories, because Some Shall Break jumps right into the action and we all have to keep up. There is a killer to catch, so NO slackers here.

Even if my book amnesia never resolved, Some Shall Break is a chilling read.  

Emma is summoned once again for her help on another terrible case that will push her to her emotional limits. Travis is as stand-up a guy as ever. 

And then there's Kristin. I have been side-eyeing her from book one and I kept on doing that. I picture her as a Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood.

Was I right to be suspicious of her, or am I unfairly tarring her with the brush of being the fraternal twin of a monster? 

You'll have to read the book and find out.

But still, this has to be one of my very favorite YA thriller series of all time. So there had better be a book three! I mean, there HAS to be given that ending, right????

If you love this series, check out:

My post on Serial Killer Fiction - so fitting that it compares 80s serial killer fiction with books in the 2020s!


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