Can Flynn find his missing ex-girlfriend? Or is she worse than missing?
Flynn, a sophomore, and his girlfriend, January, started going out the beginning of freshman year. Since her stepfather, a state senator with national aspirations, moved her family to a mansion and put January in a private school, the two white teens have begun to drift apart. One night, she pressures Flynn to have sex for the first time and breaks it off with him when he refuses. That’s the last time he sees her. The police question him, but Flynn can’t tell the whole truth for fear of making himself look guilty…and revealing his biggest secret: he’s gay. Investigating on his own, he learns that January had secrets of her own and had begun behaving erratically. January’s very hot co-worker, Kaz, a Muslim, tells him that January quit her job and was telling lies about Flynn. Could someone be responsible for her disappearance? Is she still alive? Can he uncover the truth? Debut novelist Roehrig peoples his sensationalistic, twisty mystery with credible characters, especially narrator Flynn, whose struggles with coming out will resonate with young gay teens in more mundane circumstances. Witty, realistically foulmouthed dialogue and the suspenseful, well-laid mystery will keep pages turning, as will the budding romance between Flynn and Kaz.
Readers won’t be able to put it down. (Thriller. 14-18)