This originally ran as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
When she’s murdered, he wants to find out why, and discovers the cause may have something to do with her work with the Innocence Project, which involved trying to free a man convicted of killing his wife. Following her footsteps, Malone digs up old, terrifying secrets and puts himself in the crosshairs of Jana’s killer.
One of Dolan’s gifts is creating capricious and flawed characters who are nevertheless sympathetic. Jana is so well fleshed out and her life so tragic, her death is deeply felt. The tale is told in a nonlinear manner, with time jumps and interludes, but the style is effective because it allows Dolan to keep shocking truths hidden until they’re ready to be revealed.
Nerd verdict: Dark but vibrant Dead Girl