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Blood on His Hands    by Willo Davis Roberts order for
Blood on His Hands
by Willo Davis Roberts
Order:  USA  Can
Pulse, 2005 (2004)
Hardcover, Paperback
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Marc's family never recovers after his sister dies of leukemia. When his parents divorce and his dad leaves him with his deeply depressed mother, Marc's anger explodes in ways that would never have happened a year before. He suddenly loses touch with his father, and before he knows it, he's being sent to a disciplinary camp for at-risk teenagers.

On a mandatory work outing, two deaths occur. Of the three who went out that morning only Marc is left. Afraid he'll be blamed, he runs away. He's convinced that no one will believe what happened except his dad who is somewhere in Washington, two states away. Without food, water or money, Marc heads up the highway towards Seattle, dodging the highway patrol and hoping no one else will recognize him and turn him in. While he runs, he turns the past two years over in his mind, unsure of how his loving family fell apart, and wondering how he managed to end up in a life threatening predicament.

Blood on His Hands is a great read. Roberts smoothly engages the reader in a simple but fast paced plot. When she died in November, 2004, she left a dynamic legacy of suspenseful mysteries for fans of all ages.

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