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CARING IS CREEPY
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Zimmerman executes a neat trick here: having a character do something both unthinkable and kind of ridiculous and still be sympathetic. Lynn’s first-person POV helps keep her likable; she’s clearly a decent kid caught up in all kinds of trouble both of her own making and decidedly not. The clean, sharp prose and steadily building tension will keep readers up long into the night.
Lynn Marie Sugre is a 15-year-old girl in rural Georgia. Her mother’s boyfriend Hayes has a nasty pill-popping habit and Lynn suspects that he’s gotten her mother involved in stealing from the hospital where she works as a nurse. When she and a friend go online to “mess with people,” she meets Logan Loy, a soldier stationed nearby. They meet in person and he ends up having to hide in a crawlspace accessible through her closet when her mother comes home unexpectedly. She takes his clothes and car keys and keeps him hidden, even as he’s eventually listed as AWOL and the Army comes looking for him. She likes having a secret and someone all to herself, but as Logan slowly begins to lose his mind, she’s not sure how to resolve matters. Plus, Hayes’ associates are escalating their threats against her and her mother. (SOHO, Apr., 336 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Stephanie Klose
Published: April 2012