Lydia Chass doesn’t mind living in a small town; she just doesn’t want to die in one. A lifetime of hard work has put her on track to attend a prestigious journalism program and leave Henley behind—until a school error leaves her a credit short of graduating. Undeterred, Lydia has a plan to earn that credit: transform her listener-friendly local history podcast into a truth-telling exposé. She’ll investigate the Long Stretch of Bad Days: a week when Henley was hit by a tornado and a flash flood as well as its first—and only—murder, which remains unsolved.
But Lydia needs help to bring grit to the show. Bristal Jamison has a bad reputation and a foul mouth, but she also needs a credit to graduate. The unexpected partnership brings together the Chass family—a pillar of the community—and the rough-and-tumble Jamisons, with Bristal hoping to be the first in her family to graduate. Together, they dig into the town’s worst week, determined to solve the murder.
Their investigation unearths buried secrets: a hidden town brothel, lost family treasure, and a teen girl who disappeared. But the past is never far, and some don’t want it to see the light. As threats escalate, the girls have to uncover the truth before the dark history of Henley catches up with them.
This book was a very realistic read. Two girls from different parts of town partner together for a project. Lydia and Bristal are so different. Have a family beef with each other. Lydia, get the idea to do a podcast with her. Just to get out of town. Which is full of secrets and covers up. She is about to solve a big murder mystery that happens during The Stretch of Bad Days year ago.
I found this book very good and so tense at times. Did enjoy how the two main characters interact with each other at times. I always love Mindy McGinnis books, they feels so real, and so many emotions go into it. This is a must-read if readers love podcast books. So you might want to check it out.