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Deviant by Adrian McKinty
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“Deviant” by Adrian McKinty

Danny Lopez and his family moved to Cobalt, Colorado where he knew no one and nothing, for his mother’s job at a new casino that belongs to the Ute and Cherokee Nations.
His step-father Walt works at LRFCF a minimum security prison. Danny’s only friend is Jeff, his cat, until he meets Tony, his neighbor, and a few kids at school who make up a group called “The Watchers”. The group is very small consisting of: Olivia, Cooper, Tony, Tom and now Danny. Carol did belong, but she and Tom had a falling out causing her to leave.
The Watchers do just that, they watch. Particularly another group of kids: Charlie, Hector, Todd and Rebecca who call themselves the “Secret Scripture Union”, (SSU). They are a secret Bible study group believed to have a religious agenda because there is no religion allowed in school. Curiously enough, neither is talking or communication of any kind between anyone in the school, not even at recess.
Each child in both groups has something a little off kilter psychologically, and someone has been “sacrificing” cats all around the town. The citizens believe it’s the work of coyotes, well, almost all of them do. There is definitely a deviant roaming around Cobalt, Colorado, but who is it?
Maybe someone form the SSU? What about Tony’s father who held a gun to Danny when he stepped inside their home to visit her? What about Danny’s own step-father Walt? He’s strange in his own way? Or what about the hundreds of convicts he works with that are allowed out on job furloughs and are not shackled because it makes it harder for them to work? What about Carol, the girl who left “The Watchers”? The choices are endless.
If you like YA mysteries and enjoy having lots of choices when it comes to finding the bad guy, this book is for you. There is a deviant in Cobalt. Can you figure out who it is?

Reviewed by Terri Ann Armstrong, author of “Morning Menace” and “Medieval Menace”

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