THE STRANGER GAME by Cylin Busby

THE STRANGER GAME

Age Range: 12 - 17
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Nico was the last person to see her cheerleader sister, Sarah, before she went missing four years ago at the age of 15.

Sarah’s bike was found in a large park where she was going to meet her boyfriend, Max. Four years of investigation and sightings have turned up nothing until now, when the Florida police find Sarah on a beach. She has amnesia and remembers little more than her name. The awkwardness of the well-to-do white family’s struggle to adjust to life with the changed, somber 19-year-old Sarah is narrated by Nico. Nico's now the same age that Sarah was when she disappeared; she's never really gotten over how awful Sarah was to her when they were younger. Nico's confusion about how to handle the damage her family has endured is evident is her hesitant first-person account. Brief chapters from Sarah’s point of view that recount her experiences locked in a dark room and suffering abuse at the hands of a cruel couple are scattered throughout the book. As Sarah tries to remember what happened, she too has to come to grips with changed relationships with her family, with Max, and with Paula, who had been her best friend. Busby has skillfully constructed a plot with enough suspenseful twists to keep readers on their toes from start to finish.

An unusual, captivating mystery. (Mystery. 12-17)

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-235460-0
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2016




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