Thursday, May 31, 2012

THE GIRL IN THE PARK by Mariah Fredericks

Rain and Wendy had always been close, but times have changed.  Born with a cleft palette, Rain's childhood was filled with speech problems and speech therapists resulting in chronic shyness and a tendency to say very little.  Wendy, on the other hand, was confident and outgoing.

As the two girls start high school, Wendy heads in a new direction.  She becomes involved with boys, especially bad boys and boys who already have girlfriends.  Shy Rain distances herself from Wendy, although she misses their previously close friendship.

On the night of a big party, Wendy's mother calls Rain in search of her daughter.  Rain remembers seeing Wendy leave the party, followed by a guy named Nico, but she is hesitant to give all the details to Wendy's concerned mother.  When Wendy's body is discovered in the park, Rain realizes that she will need to speak up for the first time in her life.

THE GIRL IN THE PARK by Mariah Fredericks is perfect for mystery lovers.  Readers will journey along with Rain as she tries to follow the clues and gain the confidence to share her ideas with the authorities.  Not everything is as it appears which will keep readers guessing until the end.

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