The teen years are a time of self-discovery and exploration. For Riley Spencer, this is harder than for most, because she’s no longer sure of anything…even her name.
Riley’s parents have always been somewhat overprotective, especially since they moved the family to a new house in an isolated new development. But Riley never really worried about that, until the day she finds a birth certificate tucked away in her mother’s photo album, for a girl named Jane O’Leary. Who was this girl, and where is she now? Her curiosity mounts when she starts receiving mysterious notes tucked into her book bag that indicate that she herself might be Jane. Riley knows she needs to solve the riddle of who she really is and what happened to the baby Jane before she can get on with her own life, so she sets out to explore her history with the help of local bad boy JD. Little does she know that by starting this search, she’s setting herself up as a target for more than one kind of danger. Suddenly, life isn’t normal at all. The premise is certainly an interesting one, reminiscent of Cooney’s classic The Face on the Milk Carton, and the characters are appealing. Unfortunately, the plot itself is thin, and the end will strike many readers as disappointingly contrived.
Nevertheless, a quick, mostly entertaining read. (Thriller. 13 & up)