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The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin
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Mar 07, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 13 to 17, 2012

Keri McLucas
Mystery

David Yaffe is seventeen years old and trying to rebuild his life after being acquitted of murder. David’s parents arranged for him to stay with his Uncle Vic, Aunt Julia and cousin, Lily while he finished high school. He struggles to learn how to live with the truth of knowing that he killed someone he loved. Although the death was an accident, simply knowing that he was capable of murder consumed him. At eleven years old, Lily has also experienced the death of a loved one, her sister Kathy. Kathy‘s ghost haunts David, desperately coaxing him to help Lily out of her rage and hatred; however, he wants no part of Lily’s life. Lily confessed to David that she killed her own sister; he wants noting to do with Lily. Through a turn of events, Lily and David are thrown together into a relationship that will help both of them learn to handle their own secret past.

David and Lily share secrets and tremendous guilt in Nancy Werlin’s award winning work. David’s move helps him to finish school without brutal publicity of his crime. His apartment is eerie and dark; haunting. Lily incessantly questions David about his actions and the murder he committed, making him uncomfortable and angry. Both will learn that trying to forget such horrible secrets will hurt more than help. Secret gloom and a gothic style feeling make this mystery capture the reader until the last page!
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