This book was so much more than what I thought it was going to be - in the best way possible!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman. Thanks so much to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows Aiden, a seventeen-year-old who, upon finding himself alone in a fancy New York hotel room for the night, takes to a hook-up app called DirtyPaws for some excitement. Waking up next to a dead guy was not part of that plan - neither was the case of mistaken identity that sends him on the run from the police, his friends, the Feds, and naturally, a cyber-terrorist group. Aiden decides to deliver the unknown object everyone seems to want - unsure of who to trust, and whether he can even trust himself.

Now, bear with this book because it is a bit... bizarre. The whole mistaken identity, FBI investigation, decoy, plotting, cyber crimes, etc. is a lot to go with. Especially when you remember that Aiden is 17-years-old. BUT, I promise you, if you can stick with this one, you will get a crazy story peppered with a lot of really insightful, deeper commentary on coming of age as a gay teen in America today. That wasn't something that I was expecting, I came for the Grindr-esque murder plot, and stayed for the heartbreaking, moving, uplifting, and frustrating story that was Aiden's life. While the basis of this story is a kind of crazy thriller, there was also a lot of really great, insightful and interesting contemporary-novel-esque components as well.

I did have a few issues with this book, however. I had a hard time fully connecting with the genre switching - I think, in the end, it worked out but I was struggling sometimes in just wanting it to be a fully contemporary novel or fully thriller. I don't necessarily think having both genres took away too much from the story, but I think combining the two meant that some sacrifices needed to be made with the storyline.

Overall, a unique and moving read that is definitely a change of pace from what I usually read!