HELLO! Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough. Today we’ll take a look at some character styles. Erin Blake is always paying attention to details while thinking about where she was and whom she’s with, so it makes sense that she pays attention to what people are wearing.
We don’t know too much about Erin’s style other than a brief description of what she looks like.
I decided to focus on Erin’s two best friends Spam and Lysa, whose styles are complete opposites. While Spam sports an eclectic sense of style, which matches her outgoing, eccentric, and tech savvy disposition; Lysa has more fashionable outfits thus matching her calmer, logical, yet unyielding persona.
As I went back through descriptions I had marked with page flags, I noticed Sheryl would primarily describe 2 to 3 things Spam was wearing. Most of the time it was the louder pieces of her wardrobe, so I enjoyed getting the chance to play around with her outfits. Below I highlight what items were actually in the book:
1. rainbow suspenders and matching over the knee socks
2. cowboy hat paired with light up disco ball earrings
3. everything was mentioned
4. black shorts jumper with sleeves rolled and red and black stripped leggings
5. bright red Wellington rain boots and matching red t-shirt
6. everything was mentioned
7. simple white full skirt prom dress and combat boots
*not pictured* clear vest made of bubble wrap held together by duct tape
Lysa’s style is more straight forward and she wears the same type of outfits that always color coordinate. She’s just as bold as Spam, but in a different way.
“She always wears a pair of crisply pressed designer jeans paired with hoodies, tanks Vans sneakers, and socks that all color-coordinate.”
To Catch a Killer
Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.
Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.
SHERYL SCARBOROUGH is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. To Catch a Killer is her debut.
Major thanks to Lili and Diana over at Tor Teen! Hope you all enjoyed seeing the different character styles! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!