Secrets (Fingerprints Series #4) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Rae Voight has a problem. Thoughts are running through her mind that aren't hers. Is she going crazy? Or could something else-something even stranger—be going on? As Rae unravels the mystery of where these thoughts are coming from, she also unlocks terrifying secrets of her past, including the truth about her dead mother. But knowing the truth may not be a good thing for Rae. If she's not careful, it might get her killed.

Secrets

When Anthony ...

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Secrets (Fingerprints Series #4)

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Overview

Rae Voight has a problem. Thoughts are running through her mind that aren't hers. Is she going crazy? Or could something else-something even stranger—be going on? As Rae unravels the mystery of where these thoughts are coming from, she also unlocks terrifying secrets of her past, including the truth about her dead mother. But knowing the truth may not be a good thing for Rae. If she's not careful, it might get her killed.

Secrets

When Anthony befriends Rae's former friends, Rae feels betrayed. Now it's just her and Yana, and whoever's out there watching, waiting for the chance...

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Rae Voight has the ability to hear thoughts by touching people's fingerprints. Until she figured this out, she spent time in a mental hospital thinking she was going insane, and the return to suburban life hasn't been easy. Thankfully, Anthony Fascinelli is transferring to Sanderson Prep this year, one of the few friends who remained loyal to Rae through her troubles. The other friend, Yana, is helping Rae uncover the secret of Rae's dead mother's past. All this time, though, someone is watching Rae, someone just as interested in her mother as she is. Rae and Yana are kidnapped and taken to a Motel 6 near the end of the book, but the reader never finds out who her captor is or why she is being kept there. The disjointed plot moves slowly, and a reader unfamiliar with the series may have a hard time understanding why each character is significant, or not. The identity of Rae's stalker is never revealed, nor are the reasons she is still friends with Anthony, Yana, and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Marcus Salkow. There is some suspense and mystery to the story, but the pacing of the story, as well as the assumption that the reader has been through the first three books in the series, detract from the excitement. One in the "Fingerprints 4" series. 2001, Avon Books/HarperCollins, $4.99. Ages 14 up. Reviewer: Carlie Kraft AGES: 14 15 16 17 18
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061756641
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Fingerprints Series , #4
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 268,606
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 607 KB

Meet the Author

Melinda Metz has long been fascinated with the paranormal. She explored the world of aliens with her Roswell High series and now enters the mind of a psychic girl in the Echoes books. She was on the writing staff, along with writing partner Laura J. Burns, of the TV shows Roswell (based on her series) and 1-800-Missing. Melinda lives in Concord, North Carolina, with her pen-eating dog, Dodger.

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Chapter One

Rae Voight has finally discovered the truth about her mother. Every horrible detail. That knowledge is like a sweet taste in my mouth, a sweet taste dripping juice down my chin. If only I could kill her right now, right this second --

But someone else has been watching my Rae. And if I kill her now, the way I'm burning to do, I may never find out who it is. That could be dangerous -- dangerous for me. This person wants Rae dead. But Rae and I are connected, in one of the deepest ways possible. And if that connection has something to do with why this other person is after Rae, then I could be the next target.

I don't think they know the truth about me. But I need to learn everything about them to be sure I stay safe. Without Rae my chance to gather information is lost.

So she has to stay alive. For now. But I won't be able to hold out much longer.

"Excuse me," Yana Savari called to the girl arranging sleeveless cable-knit turtlenecks on a table. "Do you have these in a six?" She shook the pleather pants she was holding in the girl's direction.

"I'll check the back," the girl answered, and headed off at a pace slow enough to show that she was doing it because she wanted to, not because she had to.

Yana shook her head. "She clearly thinks her poop could be made into designer jewelry."

Rae laughed. Yana could always make her laugh. Even when Rae had been in the hospital and Yana was a volunteer there, Rae had always ended up laughing at least once every time they talked.

"I know you love ordering around the help, but I don't wear size six," Rae told Yana. "They have to be tight. That's the whole point,"Yana answered. She narrowed her blue eyes. "Don't be trying to weasel out of our deal. I get to make you try on whatever outfit I pick -- that includes size."

"When I agreed to this makeover game of yours, I didn't know that I'd be risking organ damage," Rae complained. She scanned the boutique, looking for the perfect outfit to put Yana in when it was Rae's turn to be makeover queen. It had to be something Yana'd hate. That meant cute and sweet and ultragirlie. Maybe one of those --

A girl passed in front of the rack of skirts Rae'd been eyeing, and Rae quickly turned around and headed as far away from the girl as she could, ending up in front of the discount rack tucked in the corner of the boutique.

Not someone I need to run into, Rae thought, thumbing through the shirts on sale. If she had to, she could make chitchat with Jackie Kane, but it wasn't something she wanted to do. Not something Jackie probably wanted to do, either. They'd hardly spoken to each other this semester, and Jackie'd only shown up at the hospital for one visit, one group visit. Yeah, it was better for both of them if Rae pretended that she hadn't seen Jackie. Who knew -- at this very moment Jackie could very well be pretending that she hadn't seen Rae.

"You're not actually trying to hide from me, are you?" Yana asked as she stepped up beside Rae.

"Well, you are pretty terrifying today. But no," Rae answered.

"Come on. I got the pants." Yana led the way to the dressing rooms and shoved Rae into the closest one with the clothes Yana'd picked out.

Rae unbuttoned her pale yellow silk shirt and slid it off, then pulled on the Boys Lie T-shirt Yana'd chosen for her. It hit her just above the belly button. Jackie wouldn't be caught dead in this, Rae thought. She went more for the classy-sexy, where it wasn't totally clear that you were going for sexy at all. At least it wasn't unless you shopped with Jackie and saw how totally calculating she was. She felt a little pang thinking about shopping with Jackie. It was like she was thinking about another girl -- a girl named Rae who looked like Rae but who was an alternate-universe Rae.

Yana's lots more fun, anyway, Rae thought. She stripped off her khakis and started working on the pleather pants. She had to lean against the dressing-room wall and stretch her legs out in front of her to get them zipped.

"Let's see you." Yana rapped on the flimsy rattan door of the dressing room.

"One sec," Rae called back. She straightened up, inspected herself in the mirror, and frowned. She pulled the Boys Lie T-shirt a little farther down to cover the top of her belly button because she didn't like the weird little dimply thing in the center, then stepped out of the dressing room.

"It's the antiyou. Exactly what I was going for," Yana said. She dragged Rae over to the long mirror at the end of the row of dressing rooms. "Yep. The complete opposite of your prep school khakis and little sweater sets. Or it would be if you hadn't left on the bra. That T-shirt should come with a label -- hand wash, cool iron, no bra." Yana reached over and fluffed Rae's curly reddish brown hair, studied her for a moment, and gave a satisfied nod.

"Just don't tell me to go pantyless," Rae answered. "I think you could do serious damage to yourself wearing pleather with no protection."

"Oh, yeah. That's your real problem with -- " Yana stopped abruptly. "You've got to see this," Yana whispered, leaning close to Rae. "The Barbie who just came out of the dressing room is walking away with about five hundred dollars of merch. That stuff she has on the hangers -- those are the clothes she wore in here."

Fingerprints #4: Secrets. Copyright © by Melinda Metz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Amazing book!

    I loved this book soo much!! I strongly recomend it for people who like romance and mystery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    The secret is...

    This book is a total flop.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Meaditor series

    If you like these try the mediator series by meg cabot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2003

    me likey

    i totally liked this book. it was totally horrible how Rae n Yana were kidnaped. But so great the Anthony came to the rescue. He and Rae even kised! i hope that they like hook up whatevr, they wo uld make like a totally cute couple. I loved this book!:P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I HATE READING!!

    This is like my favorit book of all times it is so good. Although this is the only one I've read of this series but I bet you they all will be good too. This is a great author. At 1st when I started reading this book I was like okay I this is a weird book but then I got in to it and was like wow what fi this was true and oh my gosh what would I do if I was in Rae's place. You would love this book unless you were a boy I don't realy think a guy would really like this book but hey you never know. So you should really check this book out it's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2002

    nonstop reader

    oh my god! when i first found out that Rae was kidnaped by the FMG (Fack Meter Guy) i couldn't stop reading. then when Anthony came along, and they kissed, my heart stoped. so if that can tell you how good this book is then you should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    best

    this is my most fav one yet thay finally kissed. i love the seris i need to know when 5 comes out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2001

    *Itz the BesT!!*

    ok iv read all the roswell books( which were great!) and iv read all the fingerprints books shes had out already. they were so good usually when i read a book i take like 4 days 2 read it.. but these books r so compelling u read part of it and u hafta read the rest in that same day. every book only take me 1 day 2 read. i love them so0o much!!!! shes the best writer in my opinion these books r the best!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2001

    Secrets

    This was one of the best fingerprints books! Anthony and Rae actually kissed!!!!! Im so happy! Im getting a little suspicious of Mr.Jesperson though. WEll anyway you just have to read these they are too good to pass up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2001

    My favorite book so far

    Fingerprints #4: Secrets is my favorite so far in the series. It has more 'teen angst' in it than the previous books, but it's written so well that it just pulls you along. I loved how Rae and Anthony were 'pining away' for each other, each thinking that the other didn't have time for them/didn't want to be with them. Anthony is now attending Sanderson Prep and to his surprise becomes in with the 'in crowd' -- Rae's old group of friends. Marcus buddies up to him, much to Anthony's discomfort once he realizes that Marcus is Rae's ex-boyfriend and can't stop talking about her. Jackie, one of the Rae's old friends, flirts with Anthony at lunch. Rae and Yana are shocked when they see her stealing clothes out of a boutique, and Anthony is repulsed when he sees her chugging tequilla at a party and then attempting to drive. He figures out that something is really wrong with her and goes to Rae for help, but she thinks that Anthony is interested in Jackie since he can't stop talking about her, and continues to investigate her mother's death and the mystery surrounding it with Yana. When Jackie overdoses on asprin and is checked into the hospital, though, Rae knows she has to help. Anthony feels like he'll never have a chance with Rae, and Rae starts to wonder if Anthony and her could be more than friends, but nixes the idea when she sees him hanging out with her old friends and talking about Jackie all the time. But they put things aside and start working together again -- and Rae/Anthony fans will be VERY happy with the ending of this book. :) Through all this Rae has something big on her mind -- she's been finding fungus in her mouth and has been getting numb spots on her body. She goes to the doctor, who seems concerned. Rae is very worried, since these are some of the symptoms that her mother had before she died. About the last third of the book starts getting really exciting and delvs into the mystery. There are some really creepy narratives from one of the villains, and some spooky scenes, like when Rae's portrait of her mother is slashed. Things REALLY start getting scary when Rae and Yana are ... well, I won't tell you. :) This series just keeps getting better and better ... by now I've practically written a case file on who I think the villains are. I can't wait until everything is revealed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    A great series

    I love these books I bought the first 4 out and read them all that same night. I can't wait until more are out. These books reminded me of the Fearless series and that's what made me buy them. If you read Fearless and you liked them, I'm pretty sure you'd like these too!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    The Best Books Ever!!!!!!!!

    this is the best books i have ever read. You will be reading and you don't want to stop. i'm really looking forward to reading secrets. All of the other fingerprint books are the best.You never really know what is going to happen next i'm really hoping the Rae hooks up with Anthony.these are the most exciting books.everyone has got to read the fingerprints books they are the best.!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    Rae's Life Takes a Dangerous Turn

    After Rae discovered her gift to read people's thoughts through their fingerprints, Rae realizes that she owes her life to Anthony... In 'Trust Me', Rae tried to help Anthony by finding his father, and then she helped him get into Sanderson Prep... but by doing this, she bent their relationship too far... In 'Secrets', Anothony befriends Rae's old friends at his new school, and Rae, feeling hurt and alone, is left with only one friend- Yana. While Rae and Anthony are barely speaking, she and Yana search for answers. They come upon the building where her mother went to her mysterious 'group meetings'... Rae knows all the answers can be found there, but blinded by her excitement, Yana and Rae fall into a trap where their only chance of escape is Anthony... Will he come to her rescue? Fingerprints is one of the best series out there... Rae and her quest to find out her mother's past is thrilling and exciting... The relationship that develops between Rae and Anthony was set perfectly... They didn't become BEST friends in one book, but like in real life, it developed over time, where eventually their trust and feelings for each other were able to grow stronger. This book, as well as all the past and future books to come, places you with situations you never dreamed... I suggest reading this suspenseful book and fall into Rae's world- after all, who knows how long it will last...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    Secrets

    These books are some of the best i have ever read! I cant wait for more. Im kinda hoping Rae and Anthony will hook up along the way that would be too cool. If u are looking for a series that exciting weird and all around good series this one is for u!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    Fingerprints

    I have read all three of the Fingerprints books and I have loved each and every one of them. In fact I purchased the latest book and within two days I have finished it! I can't wait until #4 Secrets, comes out on August 1st.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    youve gotta read these!

    this series is sooo cool! the whole idea of fingerprint reading is just...wow! you know? well...yea....ok....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    secrets

    I really enjoy Melinda Metz's books they are very interesting and makes you want to read on. I love her fingerprints, I hope secrets is as good as the others and am praying that anothony and rae hook up in one of the books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2001

    Melinda Metz ROCKS!!!

    I absolutely love Melinda Metz! She has this way of writing a book that is so intense, that when I start reading one of her books, I can't put it down. They usually only take about four to five hours to read. My suggestion is that you rush to your nearest book store, and read ALL of her books!

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