POSITIVE: A page turner book. There's a lot of twists that I never expected to happen. I'm a great fan of twists and crime books that make you think wh...morePOSITIVE: A page turner book. There's a lot of twists that I never expected to happen. I'm a great fan of twists and crime books that make you think who killed who, it feels that you are with them also trying to solve the case. I love the book it really keeps me interested until the end. I would definitely read and buy other books written by Hunter Morgan.
NEGATIVE: There were some loopholes in the story that keeps me hanging and needed some further explanation There were minor typo errors
**spoiler alert** I almost read this book for over a month, I'm planning to skip this book but decided to go on and I’m happy to finish the book. The...more**spoiler alert** I almost read this book for over a month, I'm planning to skip this book but decided to go on and I’m happy to finish the book. The ending is thrilling, exciting and somehow creepy. When the action began I couldn’t put down the book but due to my sinus headache as I suspect I stop for a while but continued the next day and finished it. Honestly I admit that I was very hooked only in the first few pages and last few pages of the book, the middle part was a so-so read, there were exciting part and there were also boring , dragging and irrelevant part that seem to make me disinterested in going on. I think there were too many characters that were introduced that seemed not that important but I think Dobyns just wanted to present a town so that readers will feel the townspeople presenting the community he created. The book somehow scared me and it gives me a creepy feeling. While I'm reading I feel I'm also part of the community that wanted to know who is liable for the crime and have my own speculations. I have also my suspects and I'm glad at the end I guessed who is who. I really love books that keep me guessing and books that are mind boggling that's why I love some detective books.
Dobyns first started the novel by describing the 3 dead teenage girls. “This is how they looked: three dead girls propped up in three straight chairs. The 14-year-old sat in the middle. She was taller than the others by half a head. The two 13-year-olds sat on either side of her. Across the chest of each girl was an X of rope leading over her shoulders, down around her waist, and their ankles were tied to the legs of their chairs. Even so, the ropes were loose, as if to hold their bodies erect rather than to keep their living selves prisoner: meaning they had been tied after they were dead.” Aurelius is a nice and peaceful place to live in until there was someone breaks that image. Before the 3 missing girls, there was a woman murdered in her house, all of them has a common denominator, that is, their left hand was missing. That incident led to more speculations, rumours and fear amongst each other. One by one hidden dark secrets were revealed as the story goes on finding the real suspect. The friendship and camaraderie has mix with doubts and suspicions, fearing that someone living in that town might be the one responsible. Now fear creeps in that little town that crippled them in some way and change the way they perceive one another. This entire incident is pointed out to the arrival of Huoari Chihani who had been hired at the last minute as history teacher at Aurelius College. Through his Marxism beliefs which is to forward and different from many others and his outspoken personality many were against him especially when he creates a group that discusses Marxism named IRR (Inquires into the Rights) wherein only ten misfits’ students joined. The group and Chihani received a lot of speculation and townspeople didn’t like them thinking they were to blame for all the crimes in the town. Aaron McNeal is one of the IRR members. He is a rebel, troublemaker and stubborn teenager when he joined the group. When he was young he’s the exact opposite of what he is until senior year begun and all of that changed. Her mother Janice McNeal left him and his father Patrick McNeal when he was still a child. It was not hidden in the town that Janice likes men; people believed that she dated most men in Aurelius. When she died many was shocked but the most shocking about her death is that her left hand was missing. People thought that one of his killers was also the one she is dating. But no one can pinpoint whom because she had many men in her life, one of that is Ryan Tavich who supposedly must be the one in charge of investigating the murder but he was dismissed since he is one of her lovers. Some schoolmates especially Hark Powers was the one who always bullied Aaron and say nasty things about her mother, then suddenly one time he just bite off Powers ears out of anger. Her sister Paula McNeal married to Franklin Moore who is an editor in their town that has a daughter named Sadie Moore. Sadie was closed to Aaron; he treated her like her sister but dislike Paula as her stepmother. The three teenagers that disappeared were friends and acquaintance of Sadie. First one is Sharon Malloy who just lost in the road while biking. Second one is Meg Shiller who disappeared late at night while walking home. The last one was Karla Golondrini who went sledding with her mother but few minutes away from her mother give the chance for someone to get her. All of them just after some days someone had left their clothes, things and a note to the police station except for Sharon’s case wherein someone left It in Franklin’s office because there was a surveillance camera in the station.
The police found out that Aaron had also investigated by his own believing that the person responsible for her mother’s death is the same with the 3 missing girls. His friend Barry who was also a member of IRR and a closet gay was the link to solve who is liable for the death and abduction in Aurelius. (less)