Lindsey feels the demands and pressure from school, gymnastics, and her parents as she battles insecurities to build friendships while steering clear of the many land mines in high school-such as the group of popular girls she has dubbed the "Fab Five" Busy with activities and consumed with thoughts of her secret crush, Chris, she takes little notice of what's happening around her.
She gets a flat tire, gets caught with the lights-out and starts receiving strange text messages-things she assumes are just high school pranks gone too far. Her father wants her to be able to handle herself, so she should be able to handle this.
But while she steals a glimpse at Chris, who is watching her?
Book Musings :
I received a free copy from the author for an honest review.
I was expecting more from this book. This is a first time author so there were no expectations but I expected lots of tense moments from the blurb. The author did deliver on it but not to my satisfaction. Read on to know what I liked and what I felt was missing.
I liked the way the author had based a story around teens and a look into their emotional make up with all the typical angst and thoughts and feelings. They weren't too adult but at the same time weren't too childish. I liked Lindsey with her simple outlook. The author had made a good start with the expansive information on all the characters. The only downside is that it took too much space.
I also liked the way the action/story picked up after the mysterious messages started. I felt that it could have started sooner and it would have had a bigger impact. I didn't connect that well with Chris at the start but he had a bigger presence near the end.
What I didn't like was the way Lindsey handled the messages. She would have been better off going to the adults for guidance. Otherwise, I liked the way the story played out. I just feel this could have been better.
My one line review : A regular story of teen angst with a spin on intrigue
My rating : 3/5
My reread factor : 3.5/5
Chris walks over and tries the same thing. Then he turns to the house and asks, “Where are your folks tonight, Lindsey?”
As he says this, I follow his gaze and realize the entire house is dark.
“They were going for dinner in town, but I’m surprised the house is completely dark. If nothing else, I think the landscape lights should be on.”
“No problem. I have a flashlight on the boat. Let me get it, and then we can walk up. Hold on one sec.”
Why would all the lights be out? Didn’t I leave a light on in the house? I usually leave one on for Baron.
“Okay,” Chris says, turning the light on as he steps off the boat. I’m still so cold, I have my hands in my jacket pockets and my purse hooked on my wrist. As Chris lights the path with his left hand, he puts his right arm very lightly around me. As we walk together, I am very conscious of trying not to step away from him nor step so that I am closer. Much as I’m getting a thrill having him next to me, I don’t want to send any signals. Given that I’ve no idea what Chris and I are really doing, how can I possibly send the right signals anyway?
We are about five steps from the patio when I slow down. Chris matches my pace and stops when I do. “Let me find my key,” I say, starting to look in my purse. Chris aims the flashlight to illuminate my purse.
Snap. Both of us whip around to scan the tree line next to my property as we both heard a twig break.
“Let’s go,” Chris states in an authoritative tone as he grabs my arm and forces me back in the direction of the boat.
“What was that?” I whisper as he is rushing—almost pushing—me back to the boat.
“I don’t know; come on let’s go,” he says. He quickly helps me get back to the dock and then on the boat. “Sit down,” is all he says and jumps in the boat and starts the engines again. The roar of the motor is deafening as we speed away in the dark.
I shiver as much from the air as from my thoughts. Why are the lights off in my house and on the dock? Was someone in the woods? Was it just a deer?
Kimberly Kolb earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois. She began writing while waiting for her daughter to finish ballet and tap classes. Kolb lives with her husband and three children north of Chicago. This is her debut novel.
Kimberly Kolb received the Editor's Choice and Rising Star Award from iUniverse.
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