Quick Thoughts: “Wish You Were Dead”

“Wish You Were Dead (Thrillogy #1)” by Todd Strasser

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Other Thrillogy books

Summary from Goodreads:

I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.
As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic.
Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?
The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog.


  • I always have high hopes for these types of stories but seem to come away disappointed.
  • The story is thrilling and suspenseful. It’s an interesting mystery and everyone is a suspect.
  • The actual story isn’t new or different. It doesn’t really push the boundaries.
  • That doesn’t mean the story is bad though. It’s just a bit…safe?
  • I’d categorize this as a ‘popcorn book’ meaning you gobble it up but leave feeling empty.

The bottom line? Thrilling mystery but not a filling story.


2 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “Wish You Were Dead”

  1. The description sounded promising, so I’m disappointed that the book wasn’t better. I saw that it’s part of a series. Does the mystery of get solved in this book or does it get dragged out like Pretty Little Liars?

    • Yes, the mystery does get solved. Thankfully it looks like it’s a series only by theme where each book is thriller/mystery and have nothing to do with each other.

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