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Ask the Dark by Henry  Turner
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bookshelves: arc-netgalley, black, mystery, zzread-mar-2015, young-adult

A dark young adult book told from the perspective of Billy Zeets. Billy is 14 years old and he comes from a family with financial struggles. Billy takes on all sorts of odd jobs in order to help his father save the house from repossession. While on a job, Billy makes a discovery that leads him to suspect a local man is responsible for a series of murders of young boys. Instead of contacting the local police (with which he's had a few run-ins himself), Billy decides to try to gather as much information as possible on his own.

I enjoyed this book. Billy is the kind of kid that you may not want to have running around your neighborhood, however, he does have a good heart and he means well. It was interesting watching him put together the clues like pieces of a puzzle. It's not a detective/crime story - it's just a boy taking his observations and trying to make sense of them.

I understand that this book is labelled as Young Adult but be forewarned that the language may be objectionable for some readers. There is also drug use although Billy doesn't partake. The last part of the book may frighten younger readers. I would recommend this book for older young adult readers, perhaps Grade 10 and higher.

Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for a review copy of this book.

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Reading Progress

March 23, 2015 – Started Reading
March 23, 2015 – Shelved
March 26, 2015 – Finished Reading

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