EYES OF A STRANGER by Sharon E. Heisel

EYES OF A STRANGER

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 For Marissa, the ticket booth at her uncle's carousel is the only place where she can forget her crippled leg and the subsequent taunts and jeers of her classmates and strangers. She longs to find a boy who will see beyond her limp to the real person she is. When a stunningly handsome young man shows up at the carousel repeatedly, always accompanied by a pretty blond girl (but never the same girl twice), Marissa falls hard. In the meantime, several teenage girls in the area have disappeared. When one of her own classmates vanishes, Marissa faces the ugly truth that the man she loves is probably involved and takes steps to stop him. As a serial killer, neurotic Nick Farmer is no Hannibal Lecter, but readers won't mind a bit. There's enough suspense to keep them turning the pages, accompanied by plenty of blood and gore (much of it implied, all of it effective). Marissa is as gutsy as they come, battling in the cruel showdown hyperthermia and exhaustion as she out- maneuvers the creepy Nick. Heisel's first YA novel is a little pulpy, occasionally purple, and sometimes predictable, but it combines swift plotting and some especially horrible scenes to provide breathless entertainment to the end. (Fiction. 14+)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-385-32229-1
Page count: 170pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1996




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