Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. I decided to listen to the audio book of Swipe Right for Murder based entirely on the title (it’s kind of awesome 😉 ). I enjoyed this Hitchcock inspired YA thriller but I had a few reservations. Here are my thoughts:
Title: Swipe Right for Murder
Author: Derek Milman
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Aidan is an average seventeen-year-old just trying to get the most out of his school break however when he responds to an invite on a hook-up app Aidan finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse between a government agency and an unknown threat. Can Aidan save himself before he becomes a victim?
Review: I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. I haven’t enjoyed other recent Hitchcock inspired YA books (like this one) but I was pleasantly surprised by Swipe Right For Murder. Milman created a great main character who was both realistic, wonderfully human but also a little cooler than the average teen boy. Aidan was cool and a little nerdy and he made me want to keep reading his adventure into government conspiracies and homegrown terrorist. The book feels very much like a 60s spy thriller and that was a-okay with me. My only issue with this book is that Aiden really didn’t feel like a teen. The way he spoke, his actions and his interactions with family and friends made Aidan read like a college aged character. The book is well written and entertaining but I think the book would have been better served as a new adult book. Milman wrote a powerful message about discovering who you are and taking control of you life which would be perfect for New Adult readers. It would have felt been a powerful message to have this LGBTQ story for the 19-25 reader which feels a little underrepresented in that genre and this book may get lost in the world of YA spies drama.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5