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Thomas, Kara.
New York : Delecorte Press, 2016

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Tessa was only nine years old when a teenaged family friend was murdered. Tessa and her best friend Callie gave testimony that helped to put accused serial killer Wyatt Stokes on death row. Then her family fell apart and Tessa moved to Florida to live with her grandmother. Now she’s back in Fayette, Pennsylvania, and the truth of what happened almost ten years ago is more convoluted than ever. When one of her former classmates is murdered, Tessa realizes that the man on death row might not be the true “Ohio River Monster” after all. With the chance that the killer (or killers) is still on the loose, Tessa realizes that everything she’s always believed about her family, her friends, and even her own memories could be dangerously mistaken. Tension mounts with every page as Tessa fights to discover the truth, no matter the cost.
(Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

Tessa left Fayette years ago to live with her Grandmother after her Dad went to prison. Her Mom and sister deserted her. She had to testify against a man who is believed to be a serial killer and viciously killed a friend. She's been happy to stay away, but her Dad is dying and she wants to see him one last time. But when she comes back to Fayette, more girls are abducted and murdered, and she realizes that she may have been wrong about who killed her friend, in fact she's sure of it. Even more so, she is beginning to question everything around her...herself, her friends, and her family.  (Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers 2017-2018 Nominees )

SUBJECTS:     Detective and mystery fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
                        Pennsylvania -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.
                        Serial murderers -- Fiction.
                        Sisters -- Fiction.

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