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Torn to Pieces

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  420 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Anne is used to her single mother’s being away on extended business trips. But when her mom is a few days late coming home and her hotel phone has been disconnected, Anne knows something is wrong. Then a strange man starts leaving messages on their answering machine, threatening a woman Anne has never heard of.
Frightened and worried, Anne confides in her grandparents, who
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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J.M. Robison
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John Clark
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torn to Pieces by Margot McDonnell, is one of those YA books that blends plot twist after plot twist in a most skilled way. As each one reaches a solution, the answer builds your anticipation as well as the suspense. 17 year old Anne is used to her mother's quirky and unpredictable ways. Mom is often absent, supposedly off on an assignment, interviewing someone famous so she can do their biography. Anne, her mom and her grandparents who live down the street, have also moved numerous times, even ...more
Georgina Lacayo
What a book.
This is the kind of books that make me feel all of the emotions that the characters felt throughout the chapters.
Sometimes I got startled from my own gasps.
And the plot, oh my, it's a plot you'd ceratainly find in tv shows, or at least that's what I wish it became. And really, it's not even that long, but it's the way it unfolds smoothly, not in any way confusing you, not for long intervals, and how it keeps you craving the words, making you want to try and guess who, what, why. Thi
Savannah Nelson
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torn to Pieces is a very good book because I love mystery, and it is full of it. I think everyones' parents keep things from their children to either protect them, or maybe they are scared of how their child will handle it. I would reccomend this book to girls and boys who like mystery because you are constently trying to figure out what is going to happen next. There is a lot of foreshadowing in this book. Every once in a while it gives you a piece of a letter written by Penny Cadwell to her da ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Torn To Pieces" was a REALLY well written realistic fiction book. There were so many twists in the story line, that it made it hard for me to put the book down! "Torn To Pieces" was about a girl, Anne, who was used to her mother being away on business trips. But when her mother is a few days late coming home, and misses Anne's birthday, which she has never done before, and misses Thanksgiving which is also unusual, Anne knows her mother must be in some sort of trouble.
In "Torn to Pieces", Anne
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9th grade and up, particularly girls
The writing was a little choppy for me and the story line sort of confusing. I don't read many thrillers but this one didn't really get exciting until over half way through the book. I can't really seeing a teen sticking with it. I'll recommend it to teens who like Caroline Cooney. Some drug use (pot) and underage drinking.
Canadian Reader
Competently written and ultimately forgettable. Misnamed book. No one is really torn to pieces in the book and the book lacks any kind of emotional resonance.
Sara A
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I recently finished is Torn to Pieces by Margot McDonnell, it is a suspenseful novel to keep you turning the pages. In the beginning it was boring but as i continued more and more secrets unraveled and the more and more interesting it got. I really enjoyed this book especially becuase it had a new twist with every page you turned.

Torn to pieces is about a 17 year old girl Anne who lives with her mom who is out traveling most the time due to her job, the only other family she has are he
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine that one day your mom said she was going on a business trip for three days and didn't come back for almost three months. Wouldn't you worry about where your mom was and when she would be coming back home? Wouldn't you even start to think that something wrong may have happened to her? This is how Anne felt when her mom suddenly disappeared on one of her business trips. One day late from the scheduled time her mom was suppose to come home turned into several weeks. She knew something was ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne's mother is odd, and she knows this. Their life has always been strange, with her mother running off with little or no warning to do her job. Anne has always been told that her mother is a writer, and she believes it. And I'll give Anne this much credit: it makes sense that she would. Too often, a plot like this will drop anvil-sized hints that something is amiss. There are no anvils here. The hints that Anne's life is not all that it seems are just that, hints, and ones that would be so ea ...more
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Margot McDonnell is a former high school teacher and earned an MFA from Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix.
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