Author: Savita Kalhan
Publication Date: October 2008
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction/Suspense
Copy provided by: Author
Summary (via Goodreads):
Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive?This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night...
Why I read this: Sounded like something different and a change from my usual reads.
Plot: Sam and Lloyd are relatively new friends. So when they hop into what Sam thinks is Lloyd's car, they both realize that they thought it was each others dad. Unfortunately, that is not the case. This man takes them to a mansion in the middle of nowhere, filled with toys, games, and junk food. Sam knows something is wrong but Lloyd isn't convinced, thinking it's a fun ploy by his dad for them to have a fun weekend.
Sam must convince Lloyd that they must escape, but that is not his biggest hurdle. The whole property is surrounded by a high fence with barbed wire on the top. They must hide from the man before he kills them and escape before he finds them.
Characters: The bad guy was so realistically horrible, I felt afraid for Sam and Lloyd. The boys were written realistic as well. The way the boys reacted seemed so real as well, one of them was more brave than the other, but they were both scared and shocked at their situation.
Relatability: Anyone who has ever heard of kids disappearing will get a shock from this book. It's sad this type of situation really happens.
Cover Commentary: Very freaky, definitely what I envisioned the mansion to look like.
Rating: 5/5 Roses
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