Aug 23, 11
Really, this is a 4.5 star book for me. It took me a while to get into the book and tune into the character's voices, but once I was in, this book was a rocket ride. Vera Dietz is coping on many fronts, but her biggest challenge is to resolve the death of her best friend, Charlie. This book is one part coming-of-age and one part mystery, and King handles both angles marvelously, with a fresh wit and energy that is clever without trying too hard. I really dislike books that drop crumbs so often and tediously that by the time you figure out what the author is hinting at, you actually don't care anymore. But King ramps up the "need to know" with each chapter.