Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber

Death by Bikini
Linda Gerber
Puffin/Sleuth (2008)
ISBN 9780142411179
Reviewed by Avni Gupta (age 15) for Reader Views (9/08)

As soon as I got “Death by Bikini,” I was in love with the way it looked! It looked like exactly the time-passing book that I wanted to read. I loved it, but for a totally different reason than I expected. I thought that it would be a shallow romantic comedy, but instead, it turned out to be an amazing mystery with a new twist at every corner!

This book starts out with the main character Aphra getting ready to go and visit her best friend in South Carolina. Right now, she is on an island in the middle of nowhere, where she and her dad run a resort for people to go to when they want to be out of the limelight. The only way on or off of the island is to fly in the helicopter that is on the top of the hill. Aphra isn’t expecting anything interesting to happen, until a hot new guy, and his family, turns up without a reservation and are put in the unfinished cabana. Then a guest is found dead on the beach with the strings of her bikini wrapped around her neck. Now, Aphra has to find the killer and turn him in, even if it means accusing the hot new guy’s family.

I think that this book is one that can be loved by anyone. It shows how hard life can be for people who have to move around all of the time and are always on the run. It also shows how traumatizing it is when your mother leaves you. It shows the importance of trusting those around you and working together during a crisis.

If I were Aphra, I would love living on a tropical island all day and everyday. It would be so much fun! The only things around me would be the sun, the sand, the water and the trees! It would be the coolest thing ever because I would never have to go to school. I also wouldn’t have to worry about what people are saying about me. That would be the life, plus I would totally have a killer tan!  I really loved “Death by Bikini,” by Linda Gerber.

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