December 11, 2017

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Pick of the Day: Nearly Gone

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Nearly GoneCosimano, Elle. Nearly Gone. 400p. ebook available. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739260. LC 2013010335.
Gr 9 Up–In this suspenseful and thrilling murder mystery, high school junior Nearly Boswell is struggling to get by in a Washington, DC trailer park with her single mother, who works the night shift at a local strip club. Any chance she has of escaping her miserable life is dependent on a highly competitive scholarship for which she and her best friend are vying against each other. Everything is going according to plan until Nearly spots an eerie personal ad in the local newspaper–an ad that ends up being a clue in the attempted murder of one of her classmates. She soon finds another clue in the following week’s paper leading to another murder. And then another. The police won’t take her seriously, and when the hints start pointing in her direction, Nearly becomes their number one suspect. The only person she can trust is bad boy Reece, whom she suspects is working with the police to keep a close eye on her. The clock is ticking, and Nearly must hurry to solve the homicides, and prove her own innocence, before it is too late. There is a hint of the paranormal in this murder mystery, as Nearly has an unusual gift that allows her to “taste” the emotions of others when she touches their skin. Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller that will have teens chomping at the bit to get to the end. Give this to fans of Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder (HarperCollins, 2010) or anyone else who is looking for a captivating murder mystery.–Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT

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