Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - What Happened to Cass McBride?

I am way behind on my reading, but am finally get back into it. Just finished Gail Giles' What Happened to Cass McBride? It's actually a pretty quick read - only took me about 2 hours and I'm not a particularly speedy reader. It's a good book, but a bit unsettling. It's told from three different points of view in alternating chapters, in very different timelines. That sounds like it should be confusing, but it was actually an excellent way to tell this story and works quite well. Kyle is a college student whose younger brother has recently committed suicide. His chapters are presented during his interrogation by police. Cass is a very manipulative, but popular high school student who was kidnapped from her home and buried alive. Most of her chapters are presented during the time that she is being held captive. The third point of view is that of one of the police officers, with his chapters taking place primarily from the time the kidnapping is reported until they bring Kyle in for questioning. Boy, if you ever think that your parents are driving you nuts, and/or that your life is pretty miserable, hopefully it's nothing like Kyle's or Cass's. Over the course of the story, they each realize what they have become and why, as well as what part they might have played in Kyle's brother's suicide. Like I said earlier, unsettling, but fast-paced and quite good.

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