"Though she's ostensibly talking about Nikki's budding summer romance with the neighbor's son, cut short by the fire, the reader can only hope that no sequel is in the works. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A great cover, a creepy gardener-cum-madman and a maddeningly clueless, nervous, blond young stepmother (shades of Joan Fontaine) combine a gothic story with a contemporary teen problem novel—but the resulting mystery is far too easily resolved.
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