August 26, 2010

Thriller hard to put down

The Uninvited
by Tim Wynne-Jones

Mimi Shapiro is on the run from a bad relationship. Her artist father offers her the use of his remote cottage, so she makes the trip up north. Upon arrival, she finds someone already living there - Jay, a young musician who turns out to be her half-brother. Jay's been spooked by a few break-ins at the cottage. Someone's been leaving strange tokens for him: a dead bird, a snake skin. Meanwhile, another young man, Cramer Lee, struggles with two jobs while caring for his unstable mother.

These three lives are intimately connected. The reader realizes it before the characters do, and the suspense lies in wondering how it'll all work out. There are some creepy scenes along the way, with a slightly over-the-top ending, but this mystery thriller should keep teens glued to their seats.

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