A teenager wakes up in the woods, horrified to discover a bloody knife in her hand and a dead body at her side and, lacking all memory of who she is, begins to suspect that someone has stolen her mind.
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Grade 6-10-In this poorly developed novel, the narrator, a young woman, wakes up covered with blood and finds a razor-sharp knife on the ground near a dead, beautiful blond teenager. She has no idea who she is and doesn't even recognize her own voice, but somehow retains knowledge of how to drive the car, which opens with the key she finds in her jeans pocket. Further clues are discovered in the purse beneath the driver's seat-a license, some credit cards, and a checkbook. "Jenny" drives to her home, where the nightmare intensifies as her loving mother and brother recognize her but she has no memory of them or of Crystal, her best friend (obviously the dead girl). When she falls into bed with Amir, Crystal's boyfriend, and reads Crystal's diary, Jenny begins to put the puzzle pieces together to discover how Amir physically forced himself on her and commanded her to kill her friend. Confusing metaphysics and stereotypical, one-dimensional characters do nothing to move the contrived plot. Try steering teens to Stephen King, Beverly Hastings, and the many other horror-story writers who can put together a plot and characterization with some creativity.
Susan R. Farber, Chappaqua Library, NY
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Gr. 9^-12. Christopher Pike's latest thriller is a supernatural tale of terror and mysticism. Jennifer Hobbs awakens in a forest with no memory and a dead body next to her. She is shocked to discover that she is suspected of murdering her best friend, Crystal, and encouraging a sexual tryst with Crystal's boyfriend. Hard-core mystery fans who demand more than bloody nightmares and convoluted goings-on may find the tale lacking, but Pike fans will read it anyway. Mary Romano Marks
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Descrizione libro Pocket Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110671872613