Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5
Genre: young adult mystery/historical fiction
What did you like about the book? The book’s 1979 setting is evocative. Although it does not seem that long ago, in one way the teens in the book are living in another world-without cell phones, computers and social media. Still, teens of today should be readily able to identify with the emotions and experiences of the broad range of characters. The story is narrated by six different teens, and the shifting perspectives are fascinating, as the author slowly reveals more and more about the events leading up to the death of the title character. The book begins the morning after a community celebration called Deadwood Days, then shifts to four weeks prior to the event and moves slowly forward with building suspense. The ending is satisfying and will leave readers with much to ponder. A not-to-be-missed author’s note talks about the events on which the story is based, and separates the fact from the fiction. Highly recommended.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read alikes? Readers who are interested in true crime should be intrigued by the fact that the book is based on a real incident. Readers might also enjoy The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci. Also, recommend this book to readers who enjoy novels with multiple narrators.
Who should buy this book? High schools and public libraries should consider purchasing this for their young adult collections
Where would you shelve it ? Young adult fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: April 8, 2017