Monday, June 24, 2013

The Twisted Window, by Lois Duncan

Barnes & Noble

The new guy at Tracy’s school is handsome, intense, and desperately needs her help—but there’s something about him that isn’t quite right.

High school junior Tracy Lloyd is unsure about the new guy in school. Brad Johnson is attractive, smart, and polite, but Tracy can’t help but feel he watches her too closely.

Then one day Brad confides in Tracy a horrible secret: His little sister Mindy has been kidnapped by his stepfather, and he needs Tracy’s help to get her back. But even as Tracy commits to a plan to help her vulnerable new friend, details emerge that suggest nothing is what it seems.

The Twisted Window is a zigzagging thriller that keeps readers guessing up until the final page. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Duncan including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Lois Duncan's Ransom was one of my favorite books when I was younger, so I was thrilled when I was approved for this galley!  I'm actually surprised I didn't read this book when it was first published in 1987.  (Ouch.  Showing my age.)

This is a great book for Middle Grade readers.  There is enough suspense and intrigue -- without being gruesome -- to interest adults and kids alike.  And while the adult part of me is rolling my eyes at some of the goings-on, the preteen in me thinks that it's SO. AWESOME. that these teenagers are solving this crime themselves.

I don't quite understand the reasoning behind the pictures and extra commentary about Lois Duncan's life.  In fact, it froze my Kindle at 96%.  And it's still not working, even through several re-sets and charging it overnight.  Grrr.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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