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Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
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Jun 18, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

Clever and engaging. This novel is one I recall fondly from my youth, and I'm glad that I decided to bring it with me on vacation as some supplemental beach reading. I'm somewhat surprised the Christopher Pike's name isn't one that has become as recognizable as some of the less impressive and far more popular adult authors. His work is well written and fun to delve into, and many of the evils his characters face are filled with all sorts of unforeseen shades of gray rather than the clear-cut black and white colors present in the works of many authors whose titles appear at the top of every bestseller list in the country. Chain Letter would make a great movie, and I felt that the characters were believably involved in a true-life mystery that could easily have befallen many of us if we were ever involved in comparable circumstances. Not that many of us ever accidentally ran someone over in the middle of the desert, but the story was interesting from the perspective where one wonders what he or she would do in the same situation, and how would one deal with the guilt from such an ordeal? Although this is not Pike's best work, it's not his worst, and I believe it would be an excellent introduction to the body of his titles from which one may have to choose.
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