Mice by Gordon Reece

41t4142W7zL $24.95, 336 pages, Mystery-Fiction

Shelly and her mom seek privacy after a bullying incident…and yet, they are attacked once again.

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Kirkus Reviews

The New Yorker

After being horrifically bullied by classmates, Shelley and her mom begin a new life in the countryside.  The parents divorce, Shelley is left with deep scars, and the teenager and her mom start life anew.  Homeschooled and with a simple routine, Shelley’s new life seems both protected and secure….until she and her mom are visited by a stranger one night.  What unfolds is a suspenseful story of fear, horror and working to protect the ones you love.

I really enjoyed this book and was quite surprised.  I have never been drawn to stories about bullying as I find it despicable how mean kids can be to one another.  And yet, I was drawn to Shelley and found myself rooting for her, her mother and their new life together.

Appeal Factors: Character-Driven, Issue-Oriented, Suspenseful

According to Novelist, read-alikes for this book include: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Godless by Pete Hautman and Bystander by James Preller (accessed May 4, 2013).

Reading Guide

I selected this book after I saw it on our library district’s website.  I was intrigued by the suspense and mystery angle.  Having never heard of the author, I was curious to try something new.

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