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Nicci Cloke

2016

Young Adult

Won, NBRC End of Summer Challenge

Paperback

★★★★

‘There was no sign of a struggle, they whisper to each other. She took her phone but left her laptop behind.
Apparently, she’d met someone online, they write to each other in class, phones buzzing.
She ran away. She was taken.

The first time Aiden Kendrick hears about Lizzie Summersall’s disappearance is when the police appear at his front door. He and Lizzie used to be friends; they aren’t anymore. And when Aiden finds out that Lizzie had been talking to strangers on Facebook; that the police think she went to meet one of them, he begins to wonder how well he ever really knew her, and Aiden doesn’t know it yet, but with Lizzie’s disappearance his life is about to take a twisted and desperate turn.’

I believe this is a book that every teenager should read. While the exact story could be considered a little farfetched, it is a great example of what could happen if you go to meet someone you met online. Now I am not saying that every situation would end up like the story and I am far from the scaremongering that does surround the Internet, but children need to know the dangers are probable. It is also a lesson in how data I never really gone just because you deleted it.

This is the first time I have read Nicci Cloke and I cannot wait to delve into her other books. This book was so good that if I didn’t have to put the book down to deal with a baby, I would have finished it in one sitting. This book was unpredictable. It had twists and turns everywhere. I love that in a book. This book did have a slight ‘Gone Girl’ feel to it. It honestly is where I thought the story was headed.

My only criticism is the changing of narrator half way through and then the chopping and changing. I get why the author did it, to better tell the story, but to me it was off putting. It just didn’t really work for me. If there had been more consistency with the narration, this book would have scored 5 stars.

My recommendation: Any young adults out there looking for a thriller?

Cai xx

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