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