Random House, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
hile school shootings have, unfortunately, been happening for far longer than anyone would like to think, YA fiction about this topic is still not prevalent, although a few books have come out this century.
by Amanda Panitch is one such book, and is a must read.
ucy Black used to be Julia Vann, but that was before her twin brother shot up the band room at her old high school. Now, a year later, Lucy has managed to hide her secret at her new school, and even make some new friends, including a boyfriend. Things seems to be going well for Lucy, until a face from her past emerges, threatening all she has worked so hard to build.
t has been a long time since I have read a teen thriller as riveting and suspenseful as
. Panitch drops information in slow and steady increments, which keep the pages flying by. The plot synopsis might seem simple, but this really is a complex story told by a deep protagonist who slowly peels off her layers. Some passages are so raw and visceral that they are terrifying, as Julia's brother was a true psychopath, which is different from most other fiction on the same topic.
is the type of book that cannot be put down and leaves the type of chills that no horror novel can. Amanda Panitch is a very gifted writer who tackled a difficult topic in an unexpected way. It is very difficult to believe this was a debut novel by a young, emerging writer.
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