A fast-moving YA novel, brimming with intensity. Smart and eerie and filled with interesting details, such as its descriptions of farm life and small-town living, the one flaw here is heroine Kendall. While most of the plot points are finely plotted and deliberate, others feel thrown in, like Kendall’s love of dance and her instant finger-pointing at new kid in town, Jacian.

The small town of Cryer’s Cross is beside itself after one of their teens goes missing. Suspicion falls on high school senior and newcomer Jacian. When a second high school student goes missing — someone near and dear to Kendall’s heart — the town goes on lockdown. Despite feeling uneasy whenever she’s around him, circumstances force Kendall and Jacian to spend time together. And it turns out Jacian isn’t a terrible person to have around, especially when Kendall starts receiving cryptic messages from the missing teens. (SIMON PULSE, Feb., 240 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9781416994817, HC, 14 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren Spielberg