Blood on My Hands

Blood on My Hands

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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

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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 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.

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606842287
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Series:
Thrillogy Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
485,433
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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