Deadly (Review)

Book cover for "Deadly" by Sarah N. Harvey.Title: Deadly

Author: Sarah N. Harvey

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 128

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Amy and Eric are the perfect couple. Popular, good-looking, happy. But after they are seen quarreling at a party, Amy disappears and Eric is the number-one suspect. Amy wakes up alone in a windowless, all-white room. She has no idea how she got there, or who put her there. All she knows is that she has to get out. Eric wakes up to news of Amy’s disappearance — and a visit from the police. All he knows is that he didn’t do it, and that he has to find Amy.

As Amy tries to figure out a way to escape, she must also follow the instructions in a bizarre letter from her kidnapper. And as Eric tries to figure out where Amy is and who took her, he discovers that the past has a way of coming back and biting you in the butt.

This book was creepier than I expected.

I liked the way that the narrative structure jumped back and forth between Amy and Eric’s points of view. I don’t think that I would have enjoyed the book as much if I only got to see the story from one perspective or another. It was a fairly simple plot, and so it needed that extra element of something to keep me interested.

Because of the way the book was written, I think this would be a particularly good book for reluctant or low-level adolescent readers. The premise is interesting and realistic enough to grab their attention, and there isn’t so much description and internal reflection going on that they would lose their motivation to read it. It’s a short, quick book to read, and the author has written it in a very simple, straightforward style that I think lots of teens who normally don’t read much would enjoy.


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