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Children's LiteratureLiz Rafferty works at the Ridley Hotel Health Club. As she closes the pool for the night, a shadow at the bottom of the pool rises to the surface and grabs the toe of her sneaker. She screams. The shadow disappears. Liz tries to convince herself it's only her fears, yet things do not return to normal at the Hotel Health Club. Guests are pick-pocketed, food is stolen, photo ID cards disappear and thieves steal two of the hotel's valuable antique sofas. Then, Liz discovers a foot gap in the wall that is covered by vines and used as a secret exit from the pool. But that's not all. Soon, guests start showing up dead. Mr. C.L. Jones is found inside his burned car on the road. Mr. Kamara is found floating, face down, dead in the pool, while a woman who claims to be Mr. Kamara's sister shows up to claim his locker items. Something terribly wrong is going on at the Hotel Health Club and Liz, with her friend Fran, are determined to solve the mystery. Nixon's writing is lively and engaging in her well-crafted mystery story. The novel is a page-turner, and readers will find themselves hanging on until the last page. 2003, Dell Yearling, Ages 15 to 17.
— Mindy Hardwick