Age Range: 12 - 16
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 The author of the Fabulous Five series returns to the mystery genre with the story of Ashlyn Brennan, 16, only child of wealthy Florida parents whose frequent absences have resulted in her attachment to understanding high school guidance counselor Mrs. Rothlis. When Mrs. Rothlis is found murdered the evidence points to Ashlyn's troubled, drug-addicted boyfriend, Drew. The discovery of a death certificate with Ashlyn's name on it, hidden behind a keepsake left her by Mrs. Rothlis, causes her to change her focus to learning her own true identity, the motive for the murder, and the real killer. Readers will quickly guess that Ashlyn is actually Heather Rothlis, kidnapped daughter of the murdered woman, and also who the murderer is. While all this is engrossing, it's far too contrived. Drew's suggested schizophrenia is gratuitous and poorly developed; the villain is coldblooded and calculating beyond belief; and the attitude of Ashlyn/Heather's real grandparents is equally implausible. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-385-32067-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1994