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SHE SAID/SHE SAW by Norah McClintock


by Norah McClintock

Age Range: 15 & up

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55469-335-1
Publisher: Orca

McClintock, the author of the Ellis Award–winning Chloe & Levesque crime series for teen readers, returns with a slim and shocking stand-alone. Tegan and Kelly are nearly twins, born less than a year apart. They live with their single mom, inhabiting realities so starkly different they barely acknowledge one another’s existence—until the unthinkable happens. Tegan’s two best friends are shot dead at point-blank range right in front of her. As the investigation unfolds, Tegan’s unable to contribute in any meaningful way, either having blocked out the memory of that night or having failed to pick up any details of it in the first place. She becomes the most widely reviled girl in school, and even Kelly isn’t sure she trusts Tegan anymore. McClintock lays all the complexities and horror of adolescence bare. She has the two sisters trade turns narrating, with Kelly's narrative written as a screenplay and Tegan's composed as first-person journal entries. The brisk pace, solid character development and inventive structuring make for fast, page-turning reading, and at all wraps up with an unpredictable plot twist and ending. Mysterious and haunting, packed with hard truths about adolescence. (Mystery. 15 & up)