The small town of Roswell Station is rattled when Lottie Pratt is killed and Judith Finch goes missing. When Judith returns, mostly unharmed, but unable - or unwilling - to speak, they turn on her. Since she can't tell them what happened to her, former friends, neighbors, even her own mother, no longer trust her. The one connection she hopes to preserve is with Lucas Whiting, her childhood pal with whom she has fallen in love. But the mystery of Judith's disappearance is linked to Lucas in a way that he would never believe and she can never explain. Can she find a way to express to Lucas the truth about his past that only she understands?
Why It's Worth Reading:
This is one of the best books I've read so far this year! I was desperate to know about what happened to Judith and could not put the book down! The story takes place in a very small town in an unspecified historic time, but it could easily have happened in a modern time and place. Relationships with people, complicated communication, and the paralyzing nature of fear are the same complex issues that they have always been. Judith's quiet love for Lucas is bittersweet and very compelling. Side characters, like her brother, Darrel, and her one friend, Maria, give the otherwise dark story moments of hope. I just could not get enough of this book!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014
SLJ Best Books 2013