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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  131 reviews
From author Tom Leveen comes a taut, suspenseful novel about a girl’s abduction that leaves her best friend emotionally paralyzed, until a chance encounter points her toward the truth…and a terrifying new danger.

Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, she’s finally ready to re-enter the world of t
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Simon Pulse
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McCaid Paul If you don't mind cursing, several kisses, and references to rape and torture.

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Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Shackled is about Pelly, a teen girl whose best friend went missing as a preteen, who believes she saw her best friend and suspected kidnapper in the coffee shop she works in. The police appear useless in this small town, so with the help of a coworker, Pelly takes matters into her own hands and tries to track down her best friend and the unnamed male she suspects kidnapped her.

This book was just so problematic. First, the writing was less than mediocre, overdramatic, and used mental illnes
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Solid, fast read for teens who enjoy realistic thriller / crime novels; ideal for readers who will go on to enjoy Thomas Harris, Robin Cook, etc, but need to start with a more age-appropriate book. Gripping, fast read with clear writing and a solid voice throughout. Characters are well-drawn and very interesting, they make believable mistakes and the tension escalates nicely throughout.

Would recommend for readers who enjoyed Cheryl Rainfield's STAINED.

Review based on an ARC supplied by the pub
McCaid Paul
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good ending, suspenseful climax. Enough said.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
As I had left my other two currently reading books in the car and it's much too cold to go get them I picked this up out of my library pile and I enjoyed it as a quick read with a twist I did not expect.
Erin Wolak
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
Full review tomorrow
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked this up because it looked like an interesting quick read. It was interesting but I didn't read it as quickly as I would of liked mostly cause life happened, but also because sometimes I got bored and didn't feel like continuing. Honestly I thought of DNFing it but then I thought I'm almost done! Don't do that. Anyway on to the review.

It had a romance and I'm kind of disappointed that it did. I wasn't really expecting one and I thought it was mainly gonna be focused on Pelly dealing with
Hailey Bomar
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book but I believe they should make a second book to this
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, read-2017
ehhhhhhhh. Clunky writing and inconsistent characters and a misleading title. Nothing happened really?? So my reaction is basically eeeehhhhhhhhhhh
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
At age ten, Pellie and her best friend Tara play hide and seek. Tara disappears, leaving Pellie with severe anxiety. When Pellie thinks she sees Tara in a coffee shop with an older, Pellie is convinced her friend is SHACKLED in that house.

A lot about SHACKLED defied logic. Pellie's anxiety is so disabling, she can barely leave the house and never at night. She's able to hold down a job one mile from her home. She quit therapy and her medication, which I'm not sure why her parents allowed. Pellie
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
TW: Self Harm, kidnapping and rape

I was actually planning on taking a little hiatus from reading until next month because its just been so long since ive REALLY been engrossed into a book, but for some reason I decided to pick this up since I knew I was going to be in a car for an hour, and before I knew it..I was over halfway through the book.

Then, I had to leave the book...and I thought about it the entire time. I then finished the rest of the book in 30 minutes.

While this definitely isn't the
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-ya
I don't know if this book was too short to do justice for the mental health parts of the book or too long (at 212 pages, I was still kind of bored for the first 100 pages). I at least liked the ending.
Miz Lizzie
Pelly has been an emotional wreck ever since her best friend, Tara, was abducted from the mall where the two were playing hide-and-seek when they were ten. Tara was never found and Pelly lost herself that day, overcome with fear and anxiety of just about everything outside of her house and holding herself responsible for Tara's abduction. Now sixteen, Pelly is clandestinely off her meds and ditching her therapist as she tries to return to the land of the living by taking a part-time job as a bar ...more
Following the disappearance of her best friend several years ago sixteen year-old Pelly is struggling with the aftermath of the tragic event. Pelly has recently gone off her meds and is working to control her anxiety and return to high school. When a man appears in the coffee shop where she works with a young girl resembling her missing best friend, Tara, Pelly becomes obsessed with finding Tara. Shackled is an engaging read although at times the main character is somewhat unlikable.
Samantha Shelton
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya-lit, thriller
I'M CRYING ACTUAL TEARS. That was such a traumatizing experience.
Cristina Trowbridge
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book, fast paced, a bit of a reach in many places, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it!
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shackled by Tom Leveen is a book that’s not very popular but definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s all about mental illness, kidnaping, and love. If you are into books about mysteries you will without a doubt be into Shackled.

Pelly is a 16 year old girl who’s best friend Tara went missing 6 years ago and left Pelly with bad mental issues. One day at work Pelly was taking an order from a older man that was with a girl that looked like a “ghost”, Pelly soon recognized the girl an
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The truth doesn’t always set you free.” The truth will or will not always set you free. Tom Leveen’s novel Shackled captivated my attention from start to finish. I rate the book a five out of five rating without hesitation. Two strengths of this novel include the plot and the mood.
The strength of the plot include, building up to the suspense in the story. The author didn’t jump right into the theme right away. He gave enough background information on what happened and he gave good descriptio
Gilana Rincon
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I think Shackled by Tom Leveen was a very interesting book that kept you hooked to it at all times. The tremendous effort Pelly shows all throughout the book to find her best friend is amazing. The story itself I found was very moving because she went all this way to find her long lost friend and, even though she didn't succeed, it demonstrates her love for Tara and everything she'd give to be with her. But the way it turned out at the end is actually not that great. The whole book has you excit ...more
Allison Riehle
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Cate Samosky
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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P.A. Pursley
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-books
I picked up this book while on a vacation in Grand Cayman. They have a small library with books for sale and this was one of the two I picked up. This book was so good that I am looking forward to reading more by Tom Leveen. It hits on anxiety issues and how debilitating they can be. Post traumatic stress from real life events. Loved the characters and the story. Really good book!

This is the story of 16-year-old Penelope whose best friend was kidnapped when they were 10 years old. She has spent
Stephanie Dailey
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Pelly who has received therapy and was in a mental hospital. Pellys mental state was messed up since her friend Tara was kidnapped. Pelly has panic attacks and is very anxious. When Pelly was released from the hospital, she think she sees Tara and her kidnapper in the coffee chop. The sudden burst of energy to find Tara helps Pelly cope with her anxiety. So now Pelly is on a mission to find Tara. The book is not just about Pelly finding her best friend, but also P ...more
Chloe Cornel
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
In my opinion this wasn't that great of a novel. Throughout the book the author sort of romanticizes Pelly's anxiety in a way just to build a plot rather than showing how she actually struggles. I did find that this book was thrilling and also creepy at some points. For example it was kind of creepy when Pelly hears someone jangling their keys because it made me suspicious as to who was following her. Another strength of this book was the point of view it was told from. In this book Pelly is tel ...more
Allison Renner
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Pelly hasn’t been the same since six years ago, when her best friend was kidnapped from right in front of her. Tired of being alone, Pelly decides to try and re-enter society. She gets a job at a coffee shop and stops going to therapy and taking pills, turning instead to cigarettes and cutting. When a thin girl comes trailing into the coffee shop behind a much older man, Pelly swears the girl mouths “Help me” at her. She looks into the girl’s eyes and recognizes her as her lost friend. When the ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a really great book to read if you like mystery then you should fall in love with this book. The book is about a girl named Pelly who works at a coffee shop and one day her friend that has been missing for 6 years shows up in her coffee shop, but her friend looks totally different and she doesn't recognize her friend and her friend is accompanied by an old man. Then Pelly realizes that she has been kidnapped by the old man but waits till they leave to call the cops. The cops are to ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
After six years, what would you do if you thought you saw your best friend who had been kidnapped?

I did find this quite the page turner but at many times I found contradictions between the main character who suffered from social issues and fear of being taken herself, and then her ability to take on this go get her attitude where she wants to track down the kidnapper and will stop and nothing to get to them.

So I did have a few issues with the believably of the character but I did enjoy the book.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I honestly enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the plot was very interesting and creative. At the beginning, I thought the book started off a little slow, but then the ending made up for it, which I liked. Pelly was so determined to find Tara which made many people around her grow annoyed with her determination. But having so many people saying that it wasn't Tara, made her even more so. The story's twist made me a bit shocked, but at the same time it did make for a good plot. I do recommend this ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ehh. More so throughout the beginning of the book, I really loved the realness of the main characters anxiety and struggle. It was super relatable and in a weird way almost comforting, because It was fairly honest and realistic - giving readers (me!) a chance to connect with the character.
BUTTT that's about all the good I have to say. I didn't like the romance (.. but maybe that's just me ..) and to be completely honest I got incredibly bored and unfocused as the book progressed, so what was in
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is honestly the absolute greatest book across the seven seas. It tells a very cool story about a girl and her friend who try to solve a crime all on their own with the aid of the police department. This book taught to not be so dependent on other people and try things on my own, but it also teaches you that sometimes you have to use teamwork. My favorite character is Eric because he is the coolest of all cool dudes, and he is a very nice and helpful man. So, if you haven't read this bo ...more
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Tom Leveen is the author of nine novels with imprints of Random House, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, and more. He has written with Todd McFarlane on SPAWN, the comic book series, and released five independent books.

Recently an early literacy specialist with Phoenix Public Library, Tom has nine years of previous library work experience. He also has 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and di
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