Excerpt

But before he got a word out, his eyes shifted from me to the driver's-side window. BOOM!
BOOM!
BOOM!
Something stung my cheek. It turned out to be a shard of glass.
Something splattered all over my face and my hair and the front of my coat. It turned out to be blood and brains and tiny pieces of bone.
Someone screamed. It turned out to be me.

Tegan was in the car when her two best friends were killed. What did she see? And why won't she say?

Description

Tegan was in the backseat when her two best friends were gunned down in front of her. Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn't see who did it. Or know why. Nobody will believe her. Not the police; not her friends; not the families of the victims; and not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer will come back? Or does she know more than she is saying? Shunned at school and feeling alone, Tegan must sort through her memories and try to decide what is real and what is imagined. And in the end she must decide whether she has the strength to stand up and do the right thing.

Awards

  • Commended, TriState YA Review Group Book of Note 2012
  • Commended, YALSA Quick Picks nominee 2012
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets 2011

Reviews

"Sure to appeal to teenage mystery fans. ..McClintock's writing is taut and tense, and the reader will find him/herself flipping rapidly through the pages seeking the truth. ..about that fateful night. "

- Resource Links

"A quick, enjoyable read for mystery fans. "

- Washington State Young Adult Review Group

"The novel is fast-paced and dramatic as chapters of first-person narrative are juxtaposed with a movie-script portrayal of events. "

- Canadian Literature

[A] fascinating narrative. ..McClintock has created a thrilling and thoroughly believable suspense novel that explores many issues, including drug use, relationships, memory, trust, and more. ..Tegan and Kelly are both fully realized and engaging teenagers, but adult characters are also surprisingly complex, most notably Martin's father, Tony Genovese. This page-turner is a quick and enjoyable read, and teens who are discovering McClintock for the first time will no doubt run to the library to find more of her great reads. Highly Recommended. "

- CM Magazine

"Mystery queen Norah McClintock has created another edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep readers guessing until the end. ..A fast-paced and enjoyable read that will make an excellent addition to any teen mystery collection. "

- Canadian Children's Book News

"McClintock can sure tell a story! She creates a duo of sisters who are credible in their jealousy anti-relationship, she creates a murder scenario that is eerie and unexplainable, and finally, she uses originality in her presentation that the reader will simply adore!. ..Her use of a play-like structure is intriguing and thought-provoking. ..[and] the drama at the end will astound the reader!"

- Tri-State YA Book Review Committee

"A slim and shocking stand-alone [novel]. ..McClintock lays all the complexities and horror of adolescence bare. ..The brisk pace, solid character development and inventive structuring make for fast, page-turning reading, and it all wraps up with an unpredictable plot twist and ending. Mysterious and haunting, packed with hard truths about adolescence. "

- Kirkus Reviews

"A triple good read of a suspenseful thriller. ..Its topic is timely, its characters flawed but smart, and the screenplay format a great introduction to the discipline. "

- CD Syndicated

"[A] fast-paced mystery. ..Although the ending is highly dramatic, the events do not stretch beyond believability. Tegan's mental block is understandable and realistic. The infighting between the families of the two victims, both from different economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds, is tragic and believable. The dangers of buying illegal drugs are presented without overt moralization. Through alternating the narrative between the two sisters, McClintock unveils details about Tegan and the victims that surprise and change readers' initial attitudes about them. Several scenes, including one in which Tegan learns that her mother's job is in jeopardy and a flashback involving an enraged motorist, crackle with tension. A solid choice for reluctant readers. "

- School Library Journal

"An exciting read. "

- Tacoma School District #10

"The story's themes are mature but realistic. ..[and] the story is adept in portraying the lives of contemporary teens. "

- Library Media Connection