Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Becca witnesses a murder and agrees to testify in the high-profile trial of a notorious drug dealer. She gives up her identity and moves from Philadelphia to Thunder Basin, Nebraska with a new identity in the Witness Protection Program. Her complicated former life – her drug-addicted mother, her boyfriend, the blood and guts of murder – is never far from her mind even as she tries to live as a new person. With fast pacing, romance, danger, and a compelling older woman character who pretends to be Becca’s foster mother, this is a suspenseful addictive read. A lot of mood changes and cultural stereotypes, but the reader experiences them like the city girl new to the country, who does grow into her surroundings.
To whom would you recommend this book? Give this to readers age 16 and up who like suspense mixed with romance. Includes some hot making out and non-graphic sex.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Teen fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For a compelling, fast paced suspense/romance you can consume like candy, why not?
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 1, 2017