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From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, comes a new riveting page-turner.Murder. One of the Allerdon sisters has been charged with a pre-meditated killing and...
From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, comes a new riveting page-turner.Murder. One of the Allerdon sisters has been charged with a pre-meditated killing and...
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  • From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, comes a new riveting page-turner.

    Murder. One of the Allerdon sisters has been charged with a pre-meditated killing and taken to jail. It doesn't seem possible--but it's happening. What was supposed to be a typical summer is anything but for this seemingly ordinary family.

    Shortly after they arrive at their cozy family cottage on the river, Lander meets and is smitten witha handsome young man, and they begin to date. Miranda has a bad feeling about her sister's new boyfriend. And when the family must deal with an unimaginable nightmare, Miranda can't help feeling that the boyfriend has something to do with it.

    The police say they have solid evidence against Lander. Miranda wants to believe in her sister when she swears she is innocent. But as Miranda digs deeper into the past few weeks of Lander's life, she wonders why everything keeps pointing to Lander's guilt.

    "Jangling suspense juxtaposed with cozy details of family life keeps thriller master Cooney's latest zooming along." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    "Full of twists and turns . . . has all the elements that keep young mystery lovers coming back for more."--School Library Journal

    "No one writes suspense like Cooney . . . . Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down."--Kirkus Reviews

    "Cleverly plotted . . . rooted in suspense . . . fully satisfying. Mystery fans will be delighted."--Booklist


    From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author-

  • CAROLINE B. COONEY is the author of the Janie series, which includes the bestselling The Face on the Milk Carton. She has also written Code Orange and Diamonds in the Shadow, as well as hundreds of other mystery and thriller novels.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 4, 2015
    Jangling suspense juxtaposed with cozy details of family life keeps thriller master Cooney’s latest zooming along. While spending the summer at their family’s home on the Connecticut River, easy-going 15-year-old Miranda Allerdon and her driven, med-school-bound sister, Lander, witness what appears to be a freak water-skiing
    accident. Miranda is one of the few bystanders to see that the boy driving
    the motorboat seemed to intentionally maneuver the water-skier he was towing in front of a giant barge. Ignoring Miranda’s suspicions, Lander is smitten with the motorboat driver and begins dating him. Miranda’s talents get a chance to shine when another apparent accident, chillingly teased in the opening pages of the novel, thrusts Lander outside the boundaries of her carefully planned life. An unexpected romance for Miranda provides a sweet counterpoint to the novel’s knife-edge mayhem. Viewed in isolation, some of the plot twists edge toward the incredible, but Cooney’s knack for distinctive characterizations grounds the story firmly in the familiar world, while the third-person narration strikes an enticing balance between intimacy and cool detachment. Ages 12–up.

  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2015
    Slowly and methodically, the tale unfolds of how two sisters spending the summer at their family cottage on the shore of the Connecticut River find themselves at the center of a murder investigation. Fifteen-year-old Miranda has always walked in the shadow of her older sister, rising med student Lander, yet it is Miranda who shines here, as she alone musters the courage and determination to do what it takes to save her family. Interestingly, the story is told from two perspectives, both those of close third-person narrators. This clever technique allows just enough distance between story and readers to maintain the gauzy, unsettling haze that keeps the truth just out of sight. Unfortunately, the cast of characters feels slightly unbalanced, particularly when it comes to Miranda's parents and other secondary characters, who are surprisingly underdeveloped given their ultimate roles. If readers can suspend disbelief just long enough to believe that a young teen like Miranda would be left on her own under such dangerous circumstances, they won't regret going along for the ride. No one writes suspense like Cooney, and this novel will ensnare readers from Page 1 and keep them turning the pages until they, like the nameless young woman at the center of the opening chapter, know for certain who is dead and who is the killer. Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down. (Mystery. 13 & up)

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2015

    Gr 7-10-Miranda and Lander Allerdon have a deeply rooted sibling rivalry. Miranda, the youngest, is a dreamer who sleeps in late and choose new hobbies on a whim. Lander, on the other hand, is overachieving, on her way to medical school and, as a result, has a slight superiority complex. They are spending the summer with their parents at their small, rustic cabin on the Connecticut River. When Lander is unexpectedly arrested on homicide and drug possession charges, Miranda instantly suspects Lander's new boyfriend, who has conveniently disappeared after the arrest. While Lander sits in jail and Miranda agonizes from the cabin, they not only obsess over who the real murderer might be, but also meditate on their relationship. The story is told from both sisters' perspectives, allowing readers to piece together the murder mystery from each viewpoint. Although this juxtaposition is engaging, the characters ultimately act predictably and parts of the story do not hold water. However, the plot is full of twists and turns, making it a fun and quick pick, especially for reluctant readers. VERDICT Although this title follows the predictable formula commonly found in Cooney's thrillers, it also has all of the elements that keep young mystery lovers coming back for more.-Jaclyn Anderson, Madison County Library System, MS

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Jangling suspense juxtaposed with cozy details of family life keeps thriller master Cooney's latest zooming along."
  • Booklist "Cleverly plotted . . . rooted in suspense . . . fully satisfying. Mystery fans will be delighted."
  • School Library Journal "Full of twists and turns . . . has all the elements that keep young mystery lovers coming back for more."
  • Kirkus Reviews "No one writes suspense like Cooney. Haunting, harrowing . . . hard to put down."
  • VOYA "Cooney has hit it out of the ballpark yet again. A must read . . ."

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