Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy Walker to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. Thing is, this body has secrets...and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible who has eluded them for years, but Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore—especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him.
In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. Haunted by a past that shaped her present, Darcy will stop at nothing to get answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend, Dylan Taylor, in the process.
DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy’s demons a name and ties up loose ends that made Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn’t. What she wishes wasn’t true…is.
The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.
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When you’re a verb, you don’t always plan your excursions; they just sort of happened. This was the first trip, I admit, that I had to plan. The time ticked at eight o’clock. Murphy and Marjorie had just pulled into the driveway from a trip to the library. To safeguard against getting busted, I clocked in with Murphy five minutes ago and told him I was with Dylan. I clocked in with Dylan and told him I was with Murphy. Wearing commando-black, my lucky hat, and Chuck’s, I quietly lifted my second story window and shimmied my way down the bare maple tree. Jogging to the entrance of BTCC, the air cut through me like a sharp knife on butter.
In the spirit of duplicity, the sky was two-faced tonight like the moon. The east was cloudy, the west a midnight blue with a blanket of stars. I jumped up and down as the chill settled into my muscles, and at fifteen minutes past eight, Vinnie’s pink VW Bug sputtered to a stop in front of the big buffalo sign I hid behind.
This was what I liked about the misfits—when you told them to masquerade as someone else or break into private property on the sly, there were no questions, only a “What time?”
The Darcy Walker Series is one of my favorite young adult reads. This book is my favorite out of the series so far. This is the fourth book and they do need to be read in order, but you will not be disappointed at all. I don't want to give anything away, but this review is hard to write without spoilers. I recommend this series to everyone that likes young adult or has a teen daughter. A.J.'s writing is amazing and she just sucks you in. I do feel like a perv crushing on Dylan Taylor. I'm 17 years older than he is. He has that whole alpha male thing down already too!
True to Darcy nature, this book has her eyeball deep in a dangerous investigation, thanks to, yet again, a dead body! I have no idea why dead bodies just love to jump out at her feet, but she is a magnet for them, that's for sure.
She gets roped into investigate by both Tito, the reporter that knows her by "Jester", and by Jaws.
While dealing with this, she's also struggling with the anniversary of her mom's murder. She still wants answers but nobody wants to give them to her.
Then there is her new relationship with Dylan. He is her boyfriend, on top of still being her best friend. He is so completely in love with her. She is also, but we all know how Darcy's mind works. She is scared to tell him how she feels. She's just waiting for him to leave her.
"I love you. Play, rewind, and repeat that statement over and over until you get it. For me, it will never change. Which means, I will never leave." ~Dylan to Darcy
Of course Darcy has some great lines in this book as well.
"Dylan had a Chippendale's body that made my tongue sweat."
Darcy goes through a lot in this book. What she got herself into, which isn't entirely her fault, shows us just how strong and smart she truly is. There are some darker parts in this book, compared to the previous books.
True to the verb she is, she gets some questions answered. I can't wait to find out how this books events will change Darcy. Or, if it will.
I do want more of Wildcat! I will try to be patient while waiting for the next book!