I’m going to begin by saying that Spin by Lamar Giles is 100% not my type of book. I don’t typically bother with murder mysteries or any sort of thriller type book. I don’t bother with them as movies, either, so it’s not just a literary thing. The truth is that I just tend to dislike these sort of stories. And I personally don’t imagine Spin to be a whole lot different from the bunch, but it does seem different enough to at least be vaguely interesting. And that’s the thing about these sort of books because I can sometimes be persuaded to read them. I do usually regret it because I feel like I wasted my time with a terrible novel, but there have been some–The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson comes to mind–that I actually really enjoyed reading. So, is Spin on my TBR? Yes, it is. Do I have high hopes for it? Not really. I think that the book has some potential and that there is a small chance that I’ll enjoy it. Whether or not that actually ends up being the case is, obviously, yet to be seen.
As far as Spin goes, it tells the story of two friends of a singer who very nearly became incredibly famous shortly after the girl’s untimely death. But the thing is, everyone is pretty sure that young Paris was murdered. These friends (or fans, I suppose?) are convinced that the other is the murderer, determined to oust them, and get revenge (I guess?) for their horrible actions. The real murderer, of course, is finding the whole situation quite amusing…right up until they don’t. And suddenly the two girls have every reason to fear for their own lives.
I don’t know what it was about this synopsis that grabbed me, why I ended up thinking, “yeah, it might be an okay novel to read.” I still see the chances of my not liking the novel as pretty high, but I’m willing to give it a bit more of a chance than most. What are your thoughts on this particular book? Is it one that you’ll be adding to your TBR? Do you think you’ll pass? Let me know in the comments!