September 28, 2021

Swipe Right for Murder

 

 


Swipe Right for Murder

by Polly Harris

New Adult Thriller



DATING IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY IF THE GUY YOU LIKE MIGHT BE A SERIAL KILLER.

After a devastating heartbreak and a string of short-lived, failed relationships, college student Georgie Itoyama has now decided to approach dating in the same way that she approaches everything else: methodically, logically, and efficiently.

Georgie downloads countless dating apps, determined to find the love of her life as easily as she orders jeans online. And while her love-at-first-sight aspirations don’t exactly come true, she does find someone she likes. Quite a lot.

There’s only one problem. Girls are going missing at Georgie’s university, and all the signs are pointing to . . . him?

But that’s ridiculous. What are the chances that she’s dating an actual serial killer?

Then she matches with Nate. Mysterious, intelligent, and oddly fixated on solving the local disappearances. As Georgie’s relationships deepen with each of her guys, she unwittingly finds herself caught up in the mess that is murder, intrigue, and the nightmare of online dating.


Excerpt:

They found her body in a ditch. She’d been there for a couple days or so.” Shannon almost drops her precariously tall pile of books upon delivering this news to me. She shakes her head and starts shelving.

That’s awful,” I say from a few shelves away where I’m trying to alphabetize the children’s section. Kids are not very good at putting books back from where they found them.

I’d heard the news this morning back at the dorms. I’d been in the bathroom doing my makeup with a few of the other girls on my hall, when the RA had come in and told us about it. Gossip spreads like wildfire at a small school, especially when it involves murder. I’d had a surprisingly numb reaction to it. Much like my reaction now. I keep expecting it to hit me. For me to feel sad, upset, afraid—anything. I actually only feel relief. Horrifyingly enough

Relief that it wasn’t me who found her. That someone else gets to carry that trauma and not me.

That’s your school, isn’t it?” Shannon asks.

Yeah.” I think back to finding Whitney in the stairwell. The image is strangely void in my mind—I remember walking down the stairs, discussing bacon flavored cupcakes with Olivia, I remember the heels of my sneakers squeaking against the linoleum. And then it’s blank. I do remember the feeling though. The denial. The blood rushing in my eardrums, my heartrate accelerating before I even understood why.

So creepy,” Shannon comments, almost to herself.

With a jolt, I remember what Miles had said at the froyo place a few nights ago. How some girl from Altmar had gone missing. He didn’t mention a name, probably didn’t know it, but I have the feeling it’s this same girl.

A part of me wants to think like Amelia did when Miles first mentioned it. This girl was probably caught up in the wrong crowd. She probably knew some nasty people, was maybe even involved in something illegal. Anything to curb the nagging fear that’s rising up inside of me. The fear that this could happen to anyone. That I could be next.

But I think back to Shannon’s ramblings from a few minutes ago. She’d been such a sweetheart. Her parents said she never partied, never did drugs, was a perfect student. Who would murder such a girl? This perfect, sweet girl.

But none of us are actually as good as we seem, I think.


About The Author:


Polly Harris is the author of six YA novels and runs her own editorial company where she works on books just like this one. When Polly isn’t writing or editing, she can be found cuddling her cat (professionally known as her editorial assistant), crafting, or swiping through dating apps.


Q&A With The Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

Good question! Honestly, now, I believe that anyone who writes is a writer, regardless of publication, etc. With that logic, I was a writer as a little kid! But as far as how I felt at the time ... it probably took me until being officially published.


What advice do you have for a new writer?

Write like no one's reading! That's the best advice I've ever been given. I think we often get too caught up in what others might think of us, and it holds us back. If you're able to truly ignore what others might say or think, your writing will improve drastically.


What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

The easiest part for me is the initial story idea. I LOVE coming up with fun, new concepts. The hard part is sitting down and writing it, lol!


What is your favorite part of this story?

I just loved making fun of the whole dating app experience. All of Georgie's bad dates are based on ones that I had, haha!


Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?

Georgie! It was so fun to just transfer all my dating horror stories onto her.


Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?

I don't want to give anything away ... so I'll say the villain was the hardest to write. I wanted them to be truly believable, which is a tough feat in a murder mystery. 


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7 comments:

  1. I love the combination of suspense and romance! I’m hoping this book has a bit of both.

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  2. A fabulous tag line. Be careful swiping out there.

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  3. Love the tag line. I think one of my biggest fears when I was dating was getting hooked up with a serial killer

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