Trell, by Dick Lehr

34129066From the co-author of Black Mass comes a gripping YA novel inspired by the true story of a young man’s false imprisonment — and those who fought to free him.

This book was very well written and it told me that I should probably not be reading criminal mysteries because I always figure them out halfway through the book (it sucks). I loved the characters and the setting but once I figured out the mystery it got pretty boring. I enjoyed it and all, but it just didn’t catch me the way that I want to be caught in mystery/crime novels.

The characters were probably the most interesting part of the book. They were very unique and they hooked me from page one. All of the characters developed quite nicely and I couldn’t wait to hear about what they were doing next. All of them were very talented and different. I enjoyed the way that they interacted with each other and helped each other. I also liked hearing about how they were all similar, like their distrust of the police. Honestly, I enjoyed reading about the characters and how they interacted as a community. 

My favorite character was Nancy Walsh, the lawyer. She was so determined and I fell in love with her instantly. Ms. Walsh cared a lot about her clients and it really showed. I also loved how persistent she was and how she taught Trell some things about lawyers as well. She wasn’t in a lot of the book, which made me wonder where she was when all of the drama was happening. She would have known what to do. She was also one of those figures that make little kids want to be a lawyer when they grew up. I really liked her kindness to Trell’s family and her persistence.

The plot was very well written. It just lost it’s appeal to me once I figured out who had actually killed Ruby. I am still a bit confused on how the characters didn’t figure this out earlier. The author did everything right, he dropped critical pieces of information at the right time, he created a lot of suspense, and then there was a big reveal. It was just that I figured out the mystery 100 pages into the book. After that, it was just me waiting patiently for the characters to figure it out already.

The setting was also really well done. It was really descriptive and it described the relationship between the gangs and the civilians with the police perfectly. I think that it was very well written and it told an important story. The setting was very descriptive and so was the backstory. The message it sends is very powerful and it is done well. The setting helped me grow invested in the story. Honestly, it wasn’t the best part of the story but it also wasn’t the worst.

Trell was very good and it told a powerful message. I really liked it up to the point where I figured everything out. I recommend it, just prepare to figure out everything before the characters. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey!!! You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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