by Melanie Tem
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I add my own 2 cent review here, I would like to warn readers to disregard the editorial review. I get the impression this person never actually read the book. Lucy, age 11, is the third of seven children in the Brill family. The oldest, her brother Ethan, has gone missing after running away from a home for troubled adolescents, and is presumed dead. He had a history of doing drugs and getting into trouble with the law and his parents had sent him to the home where he fell under the care of Jerry Johnston, a social worker. Lucy, however, observes her brother from time to time, sometimes passively passing by a window and other times appearing in her room and violently attacking her. He disappears just as quickly leaving Lucy to wonder if his appearances are real or imagined. Her mother sees him, too, on occasion and it is their own little secret. Eventually, Ethan is found dead of a suspected overdose. Shortly after that, the Brill's number two child, daughter Rae, begins acting out, and her parents once again enlist the help of Jerry Johnston to talk to her on a weekly basis. Then Rae suddenly goes missing as well, and the family struggles to keep themselves together. Just as with Ethan, Lucy occasionally sees her sister, but in this case it is her father that sometimes sees Rae as well. Experiencing difficulty with dealing with the loss of both her brother and sister, Lucy is enrolled in a classroom guidance program overseen by--you guessed it--Jerry Johnston. We soon begin to realize that Jerry is an evil presence who feeds on the hurt and anger of troubled kids. I won't give the story away, but the suspense builds as Jerry begins to take control of Lucy, leading her to what would be a similar fate as her brother and possibly her sister--unless he is discovered and stopped. The story, however, does not explain Lucy's sightings of both her brother and sister--were they real or imagined?--nor does it explain a couple of bizarre sexually-charged scenes Lucy observes between her mother and Ethan and between her father and Rae. All in all, this was a page turner, but with a few major holes in the plot line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im definetly reading more books like this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wendylovesmike More than 1 year ago
I wish I understood what actually went on it this book, however, it was a really great read. It had me thinking a lot. I just finished it and trying to figure out the "deeper meaning". It was short but really really good. This author is very original and I have really never read anything like this one.