Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Friday, March 28, 2014

Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen 
Publication date: November 2013
Genres: Romantic Thriller, Young Adult

I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend’s locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she’s neck-deep in it with him, whatever “it” is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.


My Review:

After witnessing a crime when she was younger, Rebecca has become isolated and with when her best friend, Ryan leaves that isolation is even more obvious.

A huge turn of events brings they're lives crashing together again. Ryan is labeled a terrorist, and with Rebecca's help they must expose the person who is framing Ryan.

The story is a perfect combination of twists and turns than will keep you interested. I don't read YA thrillers very often but this one was surprisingly good, Rebecca and Ryan's attraction to each other is tentative and cute. While I tend to read books that deal more directly with love, I could appreciate it in this case since it's a YA thriller.

If you're looking for a heavily plot based YA book with a crime and mystery trope, and a touch of romance, then I would recommend you read this book.

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review




Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years.

Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irrationally large stash of pens and notebooks.

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  1. Great review! I love YA thrillers - thrillers in general - so I'm definitely going to be keeping this one in mind!

  2. This sounds like an amazing read. Looking forward to reading it!

  3. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!


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