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The Killer's Cousin Paperback – April 2, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CollinsFlamingo; paperback / softback edition (April 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007126670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007126675
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,922,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Ever since David Yaffe was acquitted of murder in the accidental death of his girlfriend, he has felt that "for the rest of my life, over and over, I would have to convince everyone--including me--of my harmlessness." To escape media attention and the prying stares of the curious, he is sent to finish his senior year of high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he lives in the attic apartment of his Aunt Julia and Uncle Vic. They receive him coldly, and his 11-year-old cousin, Lily, is openly hostile. (The apartment previously belonged to their older daughter Kathy, who died an apparent suicide at age 18.) With a haunting series of episodes--including a sporadic humming and a fleeting shadow--David begins to sense Kathy's eerie and powerful presence.

His loneliness and self-distrust is relieved only by his friendship with Raina, an art student who lives downstairs--until Lily's spying and harassing destroys the relationship. Lily's anger escalates into more and more vicious tricks, but when David confronts Vic and Julia, they refuse to believe that Lily needs help. At last David is forced to realize that he and Lily share a complicity in murder, in a blazing climax that resolves this subtle psychological thriller. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Many secrets bubble just beneath the surface of this skillful thriller narrated by a high-school senior who has been accused?and acquitted?of murdering his girlfriend. David Yaffe moves from Baltimore to Cambridge to avoid publicity, but instead of finding refuge with Uncle Vic, Aunt Julia and cousin Lily, he is shown to their attic apartment and expected to fend for himself. His relatives appear to be conducting a cold war. Still blaming each other for their daughter Kathy's suicide four years ago, Julia and Vic have stopped speaking to each other. The one who suffers the most from their silence is 11-year-old Lily, who shows signs of being emotionally disturbed. Suspense rises to a feverish pitch as pieces of a complex puzzle fall into place, involving Kathy's death and Julia and Vic's estrangement from each other and from David's parents. Even Kathy's ghost seems to make an appearance, imploring David to "help Lily." Meanwhile, Lily is doing everything she can to turn her parents against him. David's attempts to pull the family together fail miserably until, in the aftermath of a chilling climax, he confronts his own demons as he attempts to help Lily dispel hers. The novel's gothic flavor, compelling minor characters (David's skinhead friend, Frank, and Raina, a college student and artist) and subtle exploration of guilt and complicity add texture to this tense psychological drama. Werlin (Are You Alone on Purpose?) leaves enough unanswered questions to make readers want to keep lights burning a little longer than usual. Ages 14-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Nancy Werlin has written 9 young adult novels, including New York Times-bestselling fantasy (Impossible), Edgar-award winning suspense (The Killer's Cousin), and National Book Award-honored realistic fiction (The Rules of Survival). Her newest book is Unthinkable, a companion novel to the fantasies Impossible and Extraordinary. Nancy grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts, received her bachelor's degree in English from Yale, and now lives with her husband near Boston.

Customer Reviews

A wonderful story with an excellent plot.
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All in all, a great book which I'd recommend to anyone who likes suspense novels.
Meaghan
This book keeps you reading until the very end.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on August 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. It tells the story of David Yaffe, after being auquitted of murdering his girlfriend he moves to his aunt and uncle's house. He immeaditally finds out that his aunt dosen't have a liking for him, and his cousin is very intrested in what it felt like to kill someone. This book is full of suspence and mystery. There's a twist in there that I surely did not see coming up! If you like to read, read this book, it's very good!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Luciano VINE VOICE on June 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
The previous year, David got in the middle of a fight between his girlfriend, Emily, and her brother Greg. Greg had spent all of their combined college money on drugs, and Emily was furious. Greg was high and was hitting her, and David was worried that he would really hurt her. Intending to punch Greg, to get him to stop hitting Emily, David stepped into the middle of things. Emily got in front of him, though, and he ended up hitting her, so hard that he killed her.

At the trial Greg's drug use came out and David was acquitted of the crime, despite the fact that Greg tried to make him seem terribly abusive. The tabloid newspapers plastered David's name and picture all across their publications and he was famous, unable to get away from the attention. His parents decided to send him to a private high school in Cambridge, far away from his troubles in Baltimore, to repeat his senior year. He went to live with his aunt and uncle and cousin, who had been out of touch with his parents since their older daughter died four years before.

From the start, David's new family is full of problems. His eleven-year-old cousin Lily hates him and does everything she can to make him angry, especially after he counsels his aunt and uncle to start talking to each other instead of communicating through Lily. Things get more and more hostile around their house as they begin to believe the bad things Lily tells them about David.

I really liked the character of Frank. He was unique and interesting, sure of himself and not afraid to reach out to someone else. I liked seeing how David dealt with the awful thing he had done, even though he didn't do it on purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found the book The Killer's Cousin very enjoyable. It's one of those books that keeps the reader wanting to know more and forces them to read on. It's about a 17 year old boy named David who was recently acquitted of murdering his girlfriend. To escape the media he moves out of state to stay with his aunt, uncle and 11 year old cousin Lily. After moving though, he can't help but feel not welcome or at home.
The longer he's there, the more and more he feels like he's unwanted. Lily becomes very hostile towards him and even sneaks into his attic room and sabotages his things. It's almost as if she knows something she doesn't want David to know. David tries to talk to her and her parents but it doesn't help. David begins to realize that he has more in common with Lily than he thought. The closer he gets to discovering Lily's ugly secrets the more intense the book becomes.
I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a good mystery full of suspense and keeps you on the edge. The author makes it feel real and really knows how to write a story full of amazing twists and turns that lead to an unexpected climax. This book was one of the best books I have ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As much as I enjoyed Werlin's Are You Alone On Purpose, I now realize she was just warming up! Living with our mistakes is a common human condition... but what if those mistakes included killing someone you love.. even if it was accidental? Now, add the fact that you are a high school student... This is just the beginning of the story. With characters so real you expect to see them enter the room... incidents so vivid you wonder if you experienced them.. emotions so well described your heart pounds.. you read as fast as you can.. to the hair raising, heart warming conclulsion! Hurray, for Nancy Werlin! I'm so glad I can read!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This a book about a teen ager who is accused of the accidental murder of his ex-girlfriend so he moves to his aunt and uncles' house in a different state to get away from the media and nightmares this has caused him and his family. Now his dead cousin, who supposedly committed suicide, is coming to her old apartment where she used to live and telling him things about his younger cousin, Lily. Lily is supposedly a little crazy according to him and she is not making his life any easier. This is a book that would keep someone entertained for a long time if you like suspense and mysteries. I liked it because the story line was good and it kept me thinking because it left out some major points in the biginning. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read and who is planning on reading a lot in one sitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This fascinating and chilling psychological novel definitely deserved the Edgar award (best 1998 mystery for young adults) that it recently received. I gulped it down in one sitting. The mysterious underpinnings keep tension high, but (unlike some books in the mystery genre) the characters are three-dimensional and complex, and the book has something important to say about guilt and forgiveness.
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