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Four Found Dead

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I have read every other book by Natalie D. Richards and they have all been fantastic. This book is no exception. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book and when I thought I knew what was going to happen.... something totally different happened. I absolutely love this book.
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Do you like your book with lots of suspense, a storyline that makes you hold your breath, a who-done-it where you know mid-way through the book who the bad guy is but there’s nothing you can do to save the others?

This is that book. I was hooked from page one. This is the book that I literally started at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and continued to read until I was done. Yes, I was reading on my Kindle at 2:30 in the morning.

The main characters are every boy and every girl you’ve ever met. The bad guy is someone you knew, maybe even know now. It’s that guy that makes you a little uneasy, a little uncomfortable, the guy you know you don’t want to have anything to do with, but you don’t know why. 

The setting is amazing, an old abandoned mall that’s been shut down and boarded up, and the author’s descriptions are so visual that you’re there, you’re actually there. This book would make an awesome movie!

There were parts of this book where I was holding my breath, waiting to see what was going to happen. If you like thrillers and suspenseful reads, I highly recommend Four Found Dead by Natalie D. Richards.
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Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


This book was a bit of a letdown for me, sadly.
From the start, we know who is the murderer and that takes away a lot of the mystery and appeal. There are a couple of twists here and there but I was able to correctly guess some of them very early into the story, which made the reading experience not as exciting, since there was very little to unveil.
I had a personal problem with the situation of the MC. She wants to be a doctor and there is a lot of pressure from herself and others to be calm, collected and act in certain situations. I get that, but she is not even in a premed program! As a healthcare worker I wouldn’t expect most of the first-year students to understand how to act in situations like those. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great MC has the initiative and drive. The situation was critical and they had limited resources, I understand. But it was weird how much they focused on that.

Now, the bright side of the books: It’s a page turner! It keeps you hooked!
I think the plot is logical and the author does great work setting the events into motion, explaining the problems and patching up any plot holes. You feel trapped inside the mall with all the characters.
The setting is amazing. It gives great slasher vibes and I would like to see and adaptation in the form of a limited series or a streaming movie. It has a Fear Street movie kind of vibe.

I would recommend this book no anyone looking for a quick read.
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A fast-paced thriller joining the already stellar lineup of Natalie Richards. A diverse cast of characters will have you rooting for survival even when you already know there will only be carnage! For fans of Stephanie Perkins, this will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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It is the last night for the movie theater to be open and the last thing Joe and her coworkers want to do is watch her bully Manager Clayton argue with his wife but that’s exactly what happens. It isn’t bad enough that earlier he tried to intimidate Hudson and acted like he was going to fight him over something stupid. when he finally finishes arguing with his wife Joe decides since she has the least friction with Clayton she will go and asked to get their cell phones out of the safe but before she can do that the lights go out. After they realize they’re not coming back on Joe Here’s heavy footsteps coming from the hallway where the managers office and the staff locker rooms are.. She think it may be Clayton or one of the girls who went back there earlier but when the footsteps pass her up and despite her calling out their names no one answers she gets a kill down her spine. She remembers they have flashlights in the office and so her, Hudson, Naomi and Quincy make their way in the dark to the hallway. After finding the flashlights they go to check on the girls in the locker room but when they find one of them dead with summer crying saying Clayton did it I don’t know what to think and Joe hasn’t even told them she saw that Clayton had a gun in the back of his pants earlier. This is the beginning of a night of terror. You would think that knowing who the killer is would take away from the tension, but knowing who were stocking the kids to me only made it worse. I love horror and have been reading a lot of horror lately and this would have to be at the top of my list for my favorite horror books this year. I think Natalie D Richards really knows how to build up the tension I really enjoyed this book and highly recommended if you love tension filled horror as opposed to jump scares you love Four Found Dead I certainly did. I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
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The cinema manager and employees are cleaning after the final showing.  The cinema will join the rest of the boarded up mall and torn down.  
All goes smooth until a Parton comes to the door, a quarrel breaks out with the manager.  
Things get bad fast as the worker try and stay both safe and alive.  But how do you stay alive when you don’t know who the killer is?
Oh, and the phones are all locked in a safe, most of the story takes place in darkness and one character has past trauma.

If your a fan of scary movies you’ll love this one. 
Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy in advance for an honest opinion. 
This is a tense story from start to finish.
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Firstly I do wanna thank net galley and the publishers for giving me an arc of good book it was quick moving very quick paced I was constantly on my toes throughout this entire book there was a lot of twists that didn't see coming The characters were wrote very well the plot lived moves steadily I finished it in one sitting I do how they recommend this to anyone who typically reads YA or new adult thrillers it was very good. I really enjoyed it and that is why I gave it 4 stars
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Big thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for the chance to review this book pre-release. When you read a Natalie D. Richards book, you know that you'll be in for a ride. I absolutely love this author, every single one of her books is unique, and adrenalin-inducing. You stay engaged throughout the whole fast-paced story, and the characters are ones that you can feel a connection to, even when you don't love them because they're so well rounded. A more formal review will be available on my IG/TikTok and Goodreads.
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The book started out very promising and the setting was marvelous. Unfortunately i started to lose interest soon and found the characters poorly written. Towards the end it was ok and the scenes were well described but I can’t give it more than 2,5 stars because it failed to keep my attention. It had a lot of potential though.
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2.5 ⭐

To be honest, I thought this was going to go way better than it did.

The story had a great premise, and I loved how we know from the start four people would end up dead. It made me wonder the whole time, guessing who the four will be.

But the fact that we also knew who the killer was from the start took away a lot of excitement. And a couple of "surprises" we got were not at all surprising, you could spot them from miles away.

I also didn't like how repetitive the writing was. Many punches were repeated again and again and again, and because of it they quickly lost their impact, but we still had to go through them a couple hundred more times.

If you want to see my more in-depth review, you can check it out on my book blog NovelOnMyMind.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Four Found Dead by Natalie D. Richards in exchange for an honest review.
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A quick & fast paced read. Some of the characters were likeable, especially Naomi. 

It really wasn’t that hard to discern what was happening and why. Jo freezing when she sees the weapon and not telling anyone was so irritating. I understand she had PTSD, but really this probably could’ve all been avoided if she spoke up. Or if Quincy had shared what he saw previously in the locker room.

Definitely give it a read. I felt it definitely fell under more YA or New Adult than a General/Mature adult category.

Thank you the NetGalley, the author, and Sourcebooks Fire for a copy.
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This was a good read one of my last ones of 2022. I felt encapsulated and almost as if I was there at that one location on that one day and I felt as if I knew who the murderer/bad guy was. The thing to keep you guessing who of those eight will be the four to die. Grab this book if you can it’s worth it for a young adult!
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I’ve been aware of Natalie D. Richards books for quite a few years now but FOUR FOUND DEAD is actually the first one of hers that I’ve read. 

For Jo and her colleagues, it’s their last shift at their mall’s theatre. It’s the last place in the entire mall to close, since the mall is being closed down and refurbished into something else. Their shift is coming to an end when things start going wrong. First, a power cut hits them, sending them into almost total darkness and then they find a dead body. Suddenly they’re aware of the fact that this last shift isn’t going to go the way they were hoping, and the only thing they can now do is stick together and manage to get out of the mall or die trying.

 Once I got into the story at around chapter three/four, I flew through it. It caught my attention, and I was obsessed, trying to figure out how they were going to get out. This book was a ride, and it was the type of thriller I haven’t read in ages, where it’s all stakes and if they’re not careful they could be hit with a bullet in the back. I genuinely loved every minute of it, and I will definitely be reading more of her books. (In fact, almost as soon as I finished this book, I read One Was Lost by her. Also, a great book.) I loved the budding romance between her and Hudson, how it developed slowly enough that even in this situation, you could see how they came to depend on each other. I also loved the setting. A mall? Especially an abandoned one with boarded up exits? It was a thrill to read. 

The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. And that’s for two reasons. One, I’m not a huge fan of how as soon as the bad guy is caught, we cut to a scene much later. I like to see the aftermath, when their relieved they won but saddened by their losses. And two, Quincey. If I say anymore, I’ll spoil. But I felt like his ending—per say—didn’t really fit what I’d expected. It was saddening. 

But other than that, I loved this book. I cannot wait to read her entire backlog and whatever she’s got coming next.

Thank you, NetGalley, for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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**Disclaimer: I recieved a free advanced reader's copy of Four Found Dead by Natalie D. Richards through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity.

Four Found Dead by Natalie D. Richards is a young adult thriller novel.  It is about a girl named Jo who is working her last shift at her job at a local movie theatre, which is closing down.  Her and her friends have plans to go out to IHOP to celebrate, but instead they have to avoid a killer.  The novel is set to be published on May 2nd, 2023.  I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.


Here is the summary from Goodreads:

At the movie theater where Jo works, the last show has ended. But the nightmare is just beginning.
Tonight, Tempest Theaters is closing forever, the last remaining business in a defunct shopping mall. The moviegoers have left, and Jo and her six coworkers have the final shift, cleaning up popcorn and mopping floors for the last time.
But after an unexpected altercation puts everyone on edge, the power goes out. Their manager disappears, along with the keys to the lobby doors and the theater safe, where the crew's phones are locked each shift. Then, the crew's tension turns to terror when Jo discovers the dead body of one of her co-workers.
Now their only chance to escape the murderer in their midst is through the dark, shuttered mall. With its boarded-up exits and disabled fire alarms, the complex is filled with hiding places for both pursuer and pursued. In order to survive this night, Jo and her friends must trust one another, navigate the sprawling ruins of the mall, and outwit a killer before he kills again.

I really enjoyed this thriller.  I think I even liked it better than the last Natalie D. Richards book I read.  She's really getting better at this thriller/mystery thing.  I really enjoyed what she did in this book with the contained setting.  We're really limited to the theatre and the mall, and there is a significant time limit so that it feels like everything is happening in real time.  It ups the level of tension and made it incredibly hard for me to put the book down.  I ended up reading it in two sittings because I just really needed to know.

I found the characters really interesting.  Jo was a good narrator and I felt like she had a lot of growth over the course of the book.  She starts out as really shy and uncomfortable in the spotlight and by the end I felt she had really developed her leadership skills.  I also really enjoyed the side characters that we got to spend a lot of time with.  Naomi and Quincy were both really interesting to me.  At first I didn't really like Hudson, but he had grown on me by the end.  I felt for the characters we lost along the way.  

The killer's motivations felt realistic to me.  It wasn't a killing spree for nothing, he had some reasoning to it.  I was disgusted by his reasoning after we found out about it near the end of the story, but it was realistic motivation.

I think my biggest struggle with this book was that it was written in present tense.  I often struggle with books written in that tense because there's something about them that feels a little awkward to me.  However, I felt that this book really needed to be so that you're living the book through with the characters.  I liked how many of the chapters concluded with a snippet from an unknown character or news articles written after the fact so we got a perspective of how this was all effecting them once it concluded.  She did a good job of keeping us guessing about who was going to die and how.

Overall, if you like a time limited thriller, then I think that you will really enjoy this book.  Make sure to check it out when it comes out in May.
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AMAZING. If I had to sum up this book in one word that is what I would pick. This book had me on my toes from the first chapter. I literally would not stop reading it so I could know who died and what happened that last night at the Riverview Theater. I felt for everything that happened to each character and was not expecting that ending! The author did an amazing job with this book, I will be recommending to any thriller lovers out there. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one it’s amazing! (Sorry I just feel like that word fits this story!) 
Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks for this early cop of this book! I loved it!!
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Okay - prepare to suspend your disbelief here. There's a lot of stuff that just wouldn't happen in this book, if we were talking real life (bottles of water and tees?) that are just so convenient. Too convenient. And knowing an abandoned mall would attract UrbEx people from all over, why would every single exit point be blocked? It doesn't make sense. The artificial raising of the stakes makes no sense to me. The characters were shallow, the characterization was rushed, and the plot only half made sense. It was fun, at least.
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Four Found Dead was a fun read. The story started fast and you got a feel for all the characters pretty quick too. The setting brought so much to the story. It made it scarier to think you’re trapped and can’t get out after a murder. Jo was a decent main character and I appreciated that she was the even keeled personality.
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Four Found Dead follows Jo and her coworkers who are working their last shift at a movie theatre attached to a mall that’s being renovated. As the night ends and they’re the only ones there things take a turn for the worst as their manager gets into an altercation, the power goes out and they find out there’s a weapon in the theatre. Their phones and keys are locked up and there’s no way out. They quickly find that one of the coworkers has died, starting a string of deaths as the rest of the workers try as hard as they can to leave the theatre unscathed. 

I didn’t really enjoy this, this is my first book from the author. It was fast paced, a quick read, I think it would work as a novella. Unfortunately it doesn’t work as a full length book because it becomes so repetitive and boring. The entire story just wasn’t for me, it’s a cat and mouse situation and I just found myself thinking what else could happen? How many other things could go wrong and how many more close calls could there be? I found that the characters were very flat and I didn’t feel like I really knew them or cared about them. There were a couple times where Jo said things that I didn’t think a teenager would, and how Jo was supposed to be thoroughly first aid trained but then didn’t know about how fast a pulse should be? I also couldn’t visualize the setting very well despite it being well explained. I didn’t love the twist at the end and I don’t think the added media stories and little secrets really added to the story in any way. I was just bored for too long and I knew what the ending would be for the most part. I don’t recommend this if you don’t enjoy these types of stories. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the free preview in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire & NetGalley for an ARC of Four Found Dead.

Four Found Dead was a fast paced YA fiction novel that grips you until the very end! Overall it was a quick read to get through and was enjoyable. I liked the flashback scenes you get of the main character and the letter entries that all made sense in the end. Overall I rate this book a 3.5/5 stars. I would have loved further character and relationship development at the end of the book; I feel the need for more information.
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This book for me is a solid 4.5 and since it’s more deserving than a 4, I gave it a 5!!! 

It was really good, super suspenseful. I loved the characters and the the way the author wrote the story allows you to have really good visuals of the people, the location, everything. Amazing job Natalie, I’ll for sure be reading more of your books!!
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