Have You Seen This Girl

HarperTeen. May 2024. 272p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063305885.
Gr 9 Up–In this thrilling new mystery by Tyndall, a nonbinary teen tries desperately to have a normal life, despite having a father who is a convicted serial killer. Sid knew their father could not be involved in the girls who have started disappearing from their small town of Cardinal Creek, at least not this time—he could not be involved because he is already in prison for killing five other girls a decade earlier. However, when the bodies begin to be found in the same condition their father left his victims, suspicion from local law enforcement and the townspeople forces Sid to finally confront their father about why he committed such terrible crimes. When Sid’s former best friend Sally Louise and their current love interest Mavis are both taken by the killer, along with Sid, the mystery of who is committing the recent murders and the connection to Sid’s father are ultimately explained. Relationships are at the heart of this novel, and Tyndall excels at depicting the nuances of character development as well as the intricacies of personal motivations in interpersonal relations with a cast of diverse characters.
VERDICT Hand to fans of Ellie Marney’s None Shall Sleep and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s “The Naturals” series.

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