Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: ARC e-book
Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
I was really excited to read this after reading Trouble is a Friend of Mine last week and really liking it. Nancy Drew with drug circles and razor blades. It was intense and the relationship between Digby and our main girl, Zoe, was what really drew me to the story. The sequel, I’m sad to say, didn’t live up to the hype I was creating for myself (silly, silly me) but the strengths of the first book, like the quick witted dialogue, continued throughout, making it still an enjoyable read, but not the jam packed sequel I was hoping for.
For the first book, Digby had gone to Texas, and Zoe had found a new boyfriend Miles. At the start of the sequel, Digby’s back in town and it super complicated the relationship Zoe’s had for a few months. I’d definitely say that, for me, the emphasis of this book was more about character relationships than the mystery. While that still played a role, it wasn’t grabbing my attention as much as the band of misfits, who have got to know each other a lot better in between books.
I don’t really know what I wanted out of the mystery for this book, but one thing is for sure and that’s that I wanted it solved! Digby’s backstory is intriguing and traumatising, and I definitely think that Stephanie Tromly was holding back anything too radical, so the third book can pack the biggest punch. She’s succeeded. I’m in desperate need of the third book, even though I’ll have to wait a whole year, probably…
It’s Love Triangle Time! Come on, roll your eyes, who she picks is no surprise.
Seriously, when it comes to picking between the most interesting guy in town and the average football star, who are you going to choose? There’s so much history between Digby and Zoe, so I was obviously bias on one side of the relationship. I saw someone using gifs on Goodreads of Amy, Rory and the 11th Doctor, and I think that dynamic is so apt. Digby definitely has something of Matt Smith about his mannerisms.
Yeah, how can you not love him, really? The tension between the two is so great, I started to feel sorry for Miles for getting in the middle of something he didn’t realise was so magnetic!
I’m pleased that a rational decision was made, but I don’t think the relationship between Sloane and Henry is a little toxic, so…hopefully that’ll get sorted through in the next book.
The same level of fun and outlandish shenanigans happened that I’ve grown to expect from this gang, but for some reason, I wasn’t into as much…too high school, not enough high stakes! I’m still looking forward to the sequel, and fingers crossed this is only a trilogy so we can get the mystery solved once and for all!