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Gr 9 Up-Micah and Lindsey Hamilton are impressive athletes. Micah is a pitcher with a "rocket arm" and Lindsey, a track-and-field star, is on pace to compete in the London Olympics. Both feel the pressure involved in their athletic success and lean on each other in order to push on. On January 12, 2011, Lindsey goes missing. Micah has no memory of half of the day but is left with some clues: Lindsey's handprint in paint on his shirt and a note from her in the back pocket of his jeans. When the police arrive to tell the family that she has been murdered, Micah must put the puzzle pieces of his suppressed memory together. Deep down, he fears the dark memory that places him with Lindsey when she dies, but his father and the police pressure him to remember. To cope with this new stress, Micah has created a device from twisted nails that he uses to prick his fingertips in order to feel a tension-releasing pain. He also tries a night of coping with Jack Daniel's. As his memory slowly comes back and clues are revealed, Micah's suspicions lead readers to different suspects, including the siblings' father, Micah himself, Lindsey's coach, and her current and ex-boyfriends. Phillips sets an immediate, steady pace that explodes through the finish. The somewhat thin page count and tight plot will leave a broad range of readers satisfied.-Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Star pitcher Micah might have been the last person to see his sister Lindsey, an Olympic track hopeful, before she was killed on her way home from school, but he can’t remember. In fact, he can’t remember anything about that horrible day. As he is pressured to tell his story to his father, Detective Bistro, and Lindsey’s coach, Micah realizes each has his own reasons for needing to hear Micah’s story first. As secrets, motives, and suspects emerge and recede, memories return to Micah in flashes and shadows. While this a mystery novel first and foremost, an emphasis on the loss and emotions of those left behind makes this special; the pain of their loss freezes Micah’s family, while Micah is buoyed by his steadfast girlfriend, who knows loss from her own mother’s recent death. The loving brother-sister relationship, solid family drama, and evocative language describing Micah’s psychological struggle make this a title to catch for mystery fans seeking something more than the usual. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth