Although this is her debut novel, the author’s skill resonates throughout the story. Fitzpatrick does not shy away from throwing her heroine Nora into peril. However, the danger that permeates the novel never feels contrived or overwhelming. Another example of Fitzpatrick’s skill is her deft touch as hero Patch walks the line between undeniably attractive and almost cruel in the manner he teases Nora. But by the end of the story, when Patch’s motivation is revealed, it is impossible to dislike him. Readers will be clamoring for the next in this series!
Nora’s new partner in Chemistry class, Patch, seems to knows too much about her — including things she'd rather he didn't. Increasing her uneasy feeling about the situation is the intense attraction between them. Despite being complete opposites, Nora can't seem to stay away from the mysterious Patch. But when seemingly impossible things start occurring, like when all of the evidence of Nora’s car-totaling accident disappears before anyone else can see it, Nora is forced to wonder just who — or what — Patch is. (SIMON & SCHUSTER, Oct., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781416989417, HC, 12 & Up)
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