Best-selling author Robert Cormier's suspenseful and masterfully told novel takes bold steps into some of the most difficult topical territory ever conceived for young adult fiction. Booklist praises this "mesmerizing plunge into the mind of a psychopathic teen killer that is both deeply disturbing and utterly compelling."
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by Sandra Dallas
by Robert Cormier
by Karen White
by Tom Angleberger
by Robert Rotenberg
by Kate Carlisle
by Sue Moorcroft
"Jennifer Ikeda delivers a moving interpretation of Cormier's psychological thriller, published in 1997, about 18-year-old Eric Porter, a serial killer, and Lori, the 15-year-old girl who falls in love with him. Eric and Lori's haunting story unfolds in alternating chapters as each searches for his or her own personal, albeit disturbing, definition of tenderness. This compelling story translates well to audio. Ikeda's youthful voice conveys the flux of emotions, while exposing both characters' severe emotional dysfunction. Listeners will appreciate Ikeda's timing as she allows the story's suspense to build until to its unforgettable conclusion. The subtle suggestions of sexual abuse and incest are just as unsettling as the more graphically detailed offerings of other current young adult thrillers. L.A.C. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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