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HENRY FRANKS by Peter Adam Salomon

HENRY FRANKS

By Peter Adam Salomon

Age Range: 14 - 18

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7387-3336-4
Publisher: Flux

Loner sophomore Henry Franks desperately wants to regain his memory so he can find out if he is who his father says he is.

Henry’s body is a road map of scars thanks to the auto accident that supposedly killed his mother. He has no memory of the accident or of life before waking up on St. Simons Island in Georgia. He regularly sees a psychiatrist, but she just repeats that recovery of his memory is a process that may take time. His only friend at school is Justine, his beautiful neighbor, who doesn’t care about his scars. Henry’s disturbed by dreams of a little girl who calls him daddy and tells him his name is Victor. When he finds a box of mysterious photographs in the cellar, he and Justine begin investigating his past. Meanwhile, a hurricane bears down on the coast of Georgia, and a serial killer is on the loose. When Henry and Justine discover the truth, it’s more amazing and terrifying than either expected. Salomon’s debut stumbles out of the gate, and then, when it finally picks up steam, it is hobbled by an annoying grammatical quirk of rendering several short, sequential lines of dialogue with no attribution. At times, this tendency renders it nearly unreadable; neither intriguing characters nor its interesting riff on the Frankenstein story can save it.

A tertiary purchase for those who seek creepy science fiction. (Horror. 14 & up)