Author: Richard Peck
My rating: 4 of 5
This was definitely not the story that I was expecting when I picked it up to read originally. Most of Peck’s books are deep but also deeply humorous; this one is definitely not. This is the suspenseful story of Gail, a fairly typical teenager living in a small New England town. She has a normal life, until threatening notes and phone calls begin to interrupt her daily life and make her realize that she isn’t as safe as she has always felt. What makes it worse is that she doesn’t feel comfortable bringing her problems to many people, and the people she should be able to bring it to brush her off. I appreciate that the author deals with the difficult subject of rape in an honest way. He neither tries to portray it as being something nonexistent or unimportant, nor does he try to emotionally burden the reader with it–rather, Peck presents a story that is moving, engaging, and suspenseful. This story is better saved for an older audience; however, it is well worth reading, not only for those interested in social issues but for the general community as well.