Perry’s Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber
This second book in the Perry & Gobi series continues Perry’s story. After surviving a wild night with Gobi, an assassin who disguised herself as a foreign exchange student, Perry’s band is doing very well and is now touring Europe. He is dating a new girl, an older girl, who is sophisticated and completely out of his league. But when the band travels to Venice, Perry can’t help but visit Harry’s Bar, the place the Gobi said she would meet him someday. Gobi does show up, but once again she brings trouble with her. Perry is once again drawn into her world of narrow escapes, bullets, guns, murder, trust and betrayal.
Schreiber excels at creating books that are superbly readable. This sequel is only a couple of hundred pages long and reads so quickly, the pages blur. The pace is breakneck and wild, it’s a book that sweeps you up and you just have to know what happens next to these two characters. The setting of Europe lends a new vitality to the book as well. It’s a pleasure to romp through Europe with these two.
The focus is on the action in this book and less on the characters, but I was pleased to see that we got to know Perry and particularly Gobi better in this book. While she continues to be a mysterious figure, we are also shown tantalizing glimpses of what her life must have been like. Perry serves as her perfect foil, reacting humanly to all of their escapades while Gobi remains cool and calm. It probably helps that she is the one with the gun most of the time.
For fans of the first book, they will not be disappointed with the continued mayhem and action of this sequel. This is a great series to hand to reluctant readers who will appreciate the fast pace and short length. Appropriate for ages 13-16.
Reviewed from ARC received from Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.