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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer ROrn
Dusty was just like any other normal 14-year-old, until the phone call. A strange boy called her phone and told her he was dying, and that he needed someone to talk to in his last hour. He claimed to be named Josh; the name of Dusty's missing brother. Dusty figures out where he is, and goes to investigate. She is caught by three men searching for the boy. They try to capture her and make her tell them where the boy is. Dusty gets away and becomes interested, and she figures out some clues to the mystery that the boy presented, finding out that he was not actually dead and was convicted of rape. Eventually, she gets into a lot of trouble because she is around the boy so much; people think that she is in league with him. She only has a few clues; a strange boy who is definitely not her brother, always wears a duffel coat, was convicted of rape, and also has the strange power of being able to immobilize and hurt people. He also has snow white skin and hair. Dusty is lodged into a whirlwind of adventure as she tries to find her missing brother, and the mysterious boy.
Tim Bowler did an amazing job making this book into, not just a mystery, but also an extraordinary thriller! He had diverse characters that all had a place in the story, not one character was there that did not have its own purpose. The characters were also very well developed in terms of personality. The plot was thick with suspense and thrill. At the very end, Bowler dropped a huge secret that was the solution to the book. It was the biggest shock in the whole story. He also did an amazing job with the diversity of his language. This book was one that I could not stand to put down!
This book talks a lot about rape and issues only appropriate for the said age recommendations.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg,
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