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Blood on My Hands

Blood on My Hands

4.5 18
by Todd Strasser

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All it takes is one second. One stupid move. One click of a cell phone.
When Callie Carson discovers ice queen Katherine Remington-Day sprawled on the ground one night, she bends down to help her. It’s only natural—the party’s been a bit wild, after all. And it’s only natural for her to pull out the fake


All it takes is one second. One stupid move. One click of a cell phone.
When Callie Carson discovers ice queen Katherine Remington-Day sprawled on the ground one night, she bends down to help her. It’s only natural—the party’s been a bit wild, after all. And it’s only natural for her to pull out the fake knife she discovers, irritated at one more example of Katherine’s callous disregard of  other people’s feelings. 

But the knife is real . . . and bloody. And then Callie hears the click of one cell phone, followed by another, and another. In minutes, images of her holding the bloody knife have gone viral. 

Now wanted for murder, Callie is on the run from the police. All the evidence points to her guilt, but she’s determined to prove her innocence, which would mean . . . the real killer is still out there.

The Todd Strasser “thrill”-ogy that began with Wish You Were Dead continues with the riveting  Blood On My Hands.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy Wycoff
Callie knows no one will believe that she did not kill Katherine Remington-Day—after all, someone snapped a photo of her holding a bloody knife over Katherine's dead body. Too scared to turn herself in for fear that she will end up in prison like her older brother, Callie spends several days hiding out from the police. Katherine often manipulated Callie into doing things that she did not want to do, such as breaking up with her boyfriend, Slade, while he was away at basic training. In fact, Callie had started to despise Katherine, and now everyone in town is pinning the murder on her. She is convinced that she can find Katherine's true killer if she can gather more information about the IC, the group of girls in Katherine's inner circle. There is so much Callie does not know about her friends, and soon she will realize that the killer is the last person she would ever suspect. In this sequel to Wish You Were Dead (Egmont USA, 2010), Strasser begins to build suspense from the very first page, right after the murder takes place. Each chapter is composed of a passage set in the present and a detailed flashback that slowly reveals the tumultuous nature of the relationships between members of the IC before Katherine's murder. A great deal of dialogue, short chapters, and straightforward diction will make this a quick read for students who enjoy murder mysteries. Reviewer: Amy Wycoff
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Callie's friend tells her that their mutual friend Katherine is missing from the party and suggests that Callie check behind the ball field. Callie arrives on the scene only to find Katherine's body lying in a pool of blood. She leans down and picks up the knife, realizing that she is now covered in blood, too. Just then, all of the kids from the party pour onto the scene and begin snapping cell phone photos of Callie holding the knife, standing over the corpse. Her brother has had his own brush with the law and is currently in prison so Callie runs and masterfully employs amazing disguises and subterfuge to outwit local law enforcement. The balance of the novel is spent jumping back and forth in time as Callie uncovers the events and motives that could possibly reveal the real culprit. The jumps in sequence are at times confusing, and the end is a little unsatisfying. It relies on a thinly developed lesbian subplot to create character motive: weak at best. Nonetheless, author recognition, the teen love of mystery, and a stellar cover will no doubt make this a well-circulating title.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Thrillogy Series
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Todd Strasser is the author of popular and diverse YA and middle-grade books, such as the cyber thrillogy, which began with Wish You Were Dead, and continues with this novel; the Help, I'm Trapped...series, Boot Camp, and Give a Boy a Gun. He lives in a suburb of New York City, and enjoys surfing in his spare time. Visit him online at www.toddstrasser.com.

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Blood on My Hands 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Ranousha More than 1 year ago
The cover: This is the UK cover, and for some reasons, I like it better than the US cover, probably because Wish You Were Dead’s, the previous book’s, UK cover is way prettier than the US one. Although, the US one makes more sense…. The storyline: This story has less horror in it than the previous book but way more suspense. I was holding my breath all the time because I knew something bad was going to happen. The mystery in this story was the number one thing that kept me reading, it was a great journey with Callie trying to figure out who killed Katherine and framed her. I’ve been thinking about the killer and the possibilities all the time while reading the book, and I’m sad to say, I totally didn’t expect the ending…!! What I loved: The writing style was very good, it is somehow different from the first book, but it only made the book better. I was expecting it to be a sequel in story to Wish You Were Dead and was somehow shocked to find that it is a totally different story. I loved how the story was built from ground zero and developed its own surroundings and characters but it also happened in the same city, so this tiny detail didn’t change :). The main protagonist, Callie, was very brave and smart too. The story wasn’t boring despite its 51 chapters and I actually remember each one because they were short and weren’t long. Two words: the ending! My favorite chapter is 47!! The twists and the ongoing cobwebs of weird events. What I hated/didn’t like: Hmm.. nothing really I can remember. What I missed: I wish there was a bit more horror in the story?! It lacked that compared to the first book and there weren’t any gore or horrifying descriptions or scenes (Call me crazy, but I love these and really liked them in the first one, it’s not like they’re too scary or disgusting, they just add this feel to the story). The characters: Callie is the protagonist. She’s been framed for a death she didn’t commit and she was courageous and strong while trying to prove her innocence. Slade is Callie’s boyfriend. He really loves her and helps her thru the book, but at the end, you’ll find many unsettling truths about him. Dakota is the one who’s been blamed by Callie in the book for killing Katherine and setting up Callie. She’s not totally innocent either. Katherine, the dead girl, is basically the mean girl in the Soundview High school. She’s been manipulating a lot of students including Callie, Dakota and Mia. Mia is another girl who happens to want to be in Katherine’s circle but ends up being kicked out by her. She becomes Callie’s friend. Other characters worth mentioning are Callie’s parents and brother, Sebastian, who’s in jail for attacking their father and causing him permanent brain damage. Chief od police Jenkins who’s Dakota’s uncle and an old friend of Callie’s father. Conclusion: This was a really good read. I don’t have words to describe it, but if you love thriller and mystery books with twists, this is definitely one to check :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book I was shocked to find out the real killer!
Jramos14 More than 1 year ago
I don't read this genre of books so when I got it just out of boredom, I didn't think I would like it but I did. took me just 5 hours and I enjoyed every minute of it. Love the way it makes you want to find out what happens and you just can't put it down till your done!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Having just finished reading Todd Strasser's IF I GROW UP to my 8th graders, I was excited to read another one of his books. BLOOD ON MY HANDS is the second book in what is described as a "thrill"-ogy that began with WISH YOU WERE DEAD. Callie seems to have been caught red-handed, knife in hand, bent over the body of Katherine Remington-Day. Someone in the crowd that gathered snapped a picture of Callie holding the murder weapon, and now she finds herself on the run from the police. After what Katherine did to her, Callie isn't particularly upset that her former friend is dead, but she certainly is not going to be framed for the murder. What she needs to do now is find somewhere safe to hide so she can figure out a plan. Before too many people are aware of her instant fame, Callie makes a quick stop at a store to buy hair dye and a few other supplies to create a disguise. Her tiny build doesn't allow her to blend into crowds of average-sized individuals, so she opts for a Goth girl style in hopes of looking totally different than people would expect. Callie has an idea of who may have committed the crime, but she needs help. Counting on her parents for assistance is worthless. Her mother is needed at home to care for her disabled father, and her brother is in prison, found guilty of the attack that crippled their father. She must be careful which friends she goes to for help, since practically everyone she knows is part of the clique led by the late Katherine. Her only hope lies with Slade. But how willing will he be to help, since she dumped him and broke his heart? BLOOD ON MY HANDS chronicles the days following the murder as Callie tries to prove her innocence. She describes her struggle to search for evidence as she hides from the police. During the time she spends hiding, she recalls the events leading up to her current situation. The suspense created by the twists and turns in friendships and circumstances surrounding Katherine's death and Callie's presumed guilt make for an action-packed thriller that pushes right through to the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suck a great book the killer slade srimp boyfriend and they still fall in love even though she knows that hes the killer. If you like this book you should read boot camp, kill you last and last but not least wish you where dead. If your looking for a murder mistery book these are the right type of book for you. Boot camp is about a kid that get kidnapped in the middle of the night and he gets abused and tries to escape but something goes wronge in the middle of the plan. Kill you last is about a father that into taking phtots of women that are not dressed but after he is done taking phtos of them something goes wronge and all three modles dissaper. Wish you where dead is about a girl who in high school and she has a blog and one day she writes on her blog that she wishes the two most popurler people in the school would died and dissapear so she could never see them agian. The next day she goes to school she finds out they go missing and the police do nothing about it. But during the book she falls in love and finds out who the guy really is and who the killer is...
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Bethany Pelotte More than 1 year ago
It was wonderful i luved it
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Keroppi227 More than 1 year ago
I love this book and I loved that they put it on the nook! And you cant believe who was Katheriens murderer if you havent read this book!!!!!!!!!!
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Who really kills her someone please tell me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read this book yet but my friend reccomended it to me. Im 12 yrs old would i like/understand it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT WAS SLADE!!!!!!!!!!(THE BOYFIEND OF CALLIE) So have a good time reading it:)