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Posted September 3, 2010
Compelling and amazing read
Ever since grad school, it's been difficult for me to read for pleasure or to finish a book in one sitting, something I used to do regularly. Until this book. I defy anyone to start this book and willingly leave one single page unread.
This is a story about a desperate, sad young man who's been through a hell no one should know. And in that desperation, he makes a choice that he believes is morally wrong, and while you, reader, intellectually know that it's wrong, you want him to get away with it. You want him to succeed in his deception. Because, oddly, it seems as if everyone wins then.
Warning- this book has some dark themes, as the main character has survived physical, sexual and mental abuse. But it is ultimately a story about survival, about healing, and about trying to move forward, and there is nothing graphic in the book, it is more hinted at than actually stated. So if you're just a little sensitive to those kinds of themes, you should be fine. And honestly, this book is not to be missed!
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Posted February 18, 2010
Counterfeit Son is fantastic!
As the son of a serial killer, Cameron Miller has had a
very troubled life. Trapped in a cellar for days at a time, he
reads the haunting newspaper clips of his father's victims,
and sits trying not to listen to the muffled screams and
inhaling the sickly sweet smell of death. His father's
filing cabinet contains golden information; families that
have lost their sons to his father, families that need a
miracle of their son returning.
When his father dies, Cameron decides to become Neil Lacey,
a short and scrawny 14 year old with hazel eyes and brown
hair. Cameron cons the authorities into thinking he is
really Neil Lacey, and he must trick his new family with
only the newspaper clippings to provide him with the
information he needs. He soon realizes that living the life
in a prim and fancy neighborhood on the coast isn't nearly
as easy as it would seem to be.
As he starts to settle into his new life, his bubble of
protection is soon ruptured when his father's accomplice
tracks him down. The accomplice threatens his new family
and Cameron's secret unless Cameron steals valuable items
from his new house. Will Cameron's identity be revealed?
Can he manage to trick his rival? Is all hope lost for the
Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin was spectacular. It
was short but definitely not sweet. This harrowing yet
incredibly written tale had the right amount of detail and
expressed the woe of a teenage boy's experience that no one
should ever have. The first few chapters were a bit
confusing. However, once the plot was fully explained, I
was stuck to the book. The characters came to life, and they
were easy to relate to.
This book has many, many unsuspectedtwists and turns, and an ending that will blow your mind. The end of the book is probably one of the biggest
surprises that I have ever had.
Counterfeit Son is fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone (age 12 or older) who loves a good mystery.
Some material (some frightening situations) and violence
that may not be suitable without approval from an adult.
Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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Posted November 19, 2008
Posted March 17, 2008
Counterfeit son was one of the best books ive ever read. normaly i would never choose a book like this. But im glad my english teacher made us read this book. the first couple chapters are a little disturbing. youll want to stop reading it but you just cant put the book down. every chapter has an important part to it. this book is full of suspense. i would definetley reccomend this book for any aged reader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2006
The Best Book I Ever Read
The Book was awesome. It was honestly the best book I have ever read in my life. I really enjoyed it, and it was different from other books I've read before. It was very suspenseful. In the begining it was kind weird because it was saying all this stuff about a man raping little boys and I just wanted to stop there, but something told me to keep going, and Im very glad I did because every single page in this book was important to the story and was interesting. I would definitly read another book from this author. The ending was very different and very unexpected, I would have never thought that was going to happpen. I kind of pictured this book as a movie. Thats how wonderful the descriptions were. Throughout the whole book I was just saying to myself that this should be a movie. I Loved It. And I reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and anyone who would want to take a chance and read something totally different from books they've read before.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2006
WOW WHAT A GREAT BOOK!!!
I think this book was great. It kept me interested throughout the whole book. When I was told about this project, I wasnt looking forward to it at all I was actually pretty mad about it. I dont like to read at all,and never did, but this book was great. It kept me interested almost to the point where i didnt want to put the book down. In the end it turned out that this project was a privelidge, and I would deffinitly want to do it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2006
Although i don't read all the much, I found this book to be awesome! Counterfeit Son was full of suspense,and kept you wondering what was going to happen next.This book is about Cameron Miller a 15 year old with an abusive father, but his father is killed, and has the chance at a Real Life, with a real family so he takes it. Will he make it through through the end, or will he finally give up, and tell his heart-breaking secret? I highly reccomend that you read this book and find out for yourself, you will fall in love with this book and want to read it all over again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2003
Posted November 19, 2002
The Greatest Book I have Ever Read!!!!!!!
This is a real page turner if you like to read suspense and murder. The book sounded so real, almost as if a person went through this an has an outstanding ending!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2002
I find that this novel was quite breath-taking. It was compelling and suspenceful without any vulgerness or violence. I was amazed by the research that had been done throughout this novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2001
A Great Book
I loved this book. Although it was very sad at times it was also very moving. I was amazed at how much you could feel the characters fear, pain and happiness. I was up late reading and then went to bed but I was so curious about what was going to happen that I got up and finnished it. The ending was definately not what I had expected. This was a great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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