Sneaking Out (Chased, #1) - Chuck Vance - GIVEAWAY!

4 Stars!

Could you sleep next to a murderer?
Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.

For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.

It started out a teensey bit slow for me but soon eased itself into quite a respectable little mystery. In the end it was not who I expected at all. I had my ideas/theories, and not the obvious ones either, and still I was wrong.

While the first half was, as I said "a little slow" the last half was un-put-downable. I was swept up into their boarding school world. I loved the setting - I have always had a thing for books about boarding schools. In this one - the police are either too slow or getting it all wrong. Either way Luke takes the investigation into his own hands (with the help of his friends and a certain teacher, but can Luke trust any of them?).

Great character development! I loved the kids - Luke, Oscar, Pippa (loved Pippa and love the name!) and I loved the teacher - Mr. Tadeckis (I'm sure we haven't seen the last of him, at least I hope not). I loved the whole "sneaking out" idea, reminds me of my teen years shhhh, my mom still doesn't know! At the end there is a hint as to what the next book might be about. Sounds like a fun one!

If you love books about teen sleuths, boarding schools, or just good mysteries - try this one our for size!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours Thank You!!



  1. Great review! This sounds like a fun and entertaining read! :)

  2. This novel sounds unique,intriguing and captivating. Thanks.


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