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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671872699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671872694
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10-In this poorly developed novel, the narrator, a young woman, wakes up covered with blood and finds a razor-sharp knife on the ground near a dead, beautiful blond teenager. She has no idea who she is and doesn't even recognize her own voice, but somehow retains knowledge of how to drive the car, which opens with the key she finds in her jeans pocket. Further clues are discovered in the purse beneath the driver's seat-a license, some credit cards, and a checkbook. "Jenny" drives to her home, where the nightmare intensifies as her loving mother and brother recognize her but she has no memory of them or of Crystal, her best friend (obviously the dead girl). When she falls into bed with Amir, Crystal's boyfriend, and reads Crystal's diary, Jenny begins to put the puzzle pieces together to discover how Amir physically forced himself on her and commanded her to kill her friend. Confusing metaphysics and stereotypical, one-dimensional characters do nothing to move the contrived plot. Try steering teens to Stephen King, Beverly Hastings, and the many other horror-story writers who can put together a plot and characterization with some creativity.
Susan R. Farber, Chappaqua Library, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 9^-12. Christopher Pike's latest thriller is a supernatural tale of terror and mysticism. Jennifer Hobbs awakens in a forest with no memory and a dead body next to her. She is shocked to discover that she is suspected of murdering her best friend, Crystal, and encouraging a sexual tryst with Crystal's boyfriend. Hard-core mystery fans who demand more than bloody nightmares and convoluted goings-on may find the tale lacking, but Pike fans will read it anyway. Mary Romano Marks

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I read it non-stop til I finished!
L. Zartman
I must say it's somewhat Science Fiction (more so than horror) but Its amazing.
MikeL McClam
In an very original novel, Pike deeply explores the mysticism of the soul.
L. Mintah

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Corin on November 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What would you do if you woke up next to a corpse, the murder weapon in your hand? What if you couldn't remember how you got there, who she was--who you were? What if all the evidence pointed to you being the killer? These are some of the first emotions explored by Jennifer Hobbs as she stands, covered in blood, next to the body of Crystal Denger.
Jenny doesn't remember a lot of things--her name, how she came to be in the woods, that the murdered girl happens to be her best and closest friend. She is, however, both quick-witted and clever. Fearing the worse, and having no memory to go on, she stumbles from the woods--and finds a parked car. Is she running from danger or towards it? One thing is for certain: she is at the scene of a murder. If Jennifer has any chance of finding out what happened to her--she needs to buy some time.
Jenny does a near expert job of removing the evidence of her involvement: the murder weapon, the bloody clothes. The only clue to her identity is a driver's license and the keys in her pocket. The town nearby is her home, and her address is easy enough to find. As to not arouse suspicion, she must behave as though everything is normal... while at the same time trying to solve the crime. But how do you do that when you can't even remember your own mother's face? Who your friends and enemies are? Where you were the night your best friend was murdered?
That, it seems, is the only thing Jennifer Hobbs does know.
This book had an excellent beginning--a very imaginative concept! It had me guessing all over the place. I think Mr. Pike handled the subject well, and convincingly! Jenny is a likeable character, and you genuinely want to see her prevail. Her turmoil is palpable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this book written by Christopher Pike, a girl loses her mind. Jenny a teenage girl wakes up and has no clue who she is or where she is. She can't remember her family or friends, and now the police are trying to accuse her of killing her best friend,crystal.
I have read many of Christopher Pikes books in the past, and i thought this one was good, but at times it was a little confusing. i think Christopher Pike is a great author, his books keep you wanting to keep reading, and it is hard to put the book down.
I would recommend this book for teenage kids, or other advanced readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MikeL McClam on July 20, 2000
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I can't say enough about this book, it's a masterpiece in my POV. I used to be a big R.L. Stine fan, but when I read this book 2 years ago, it tottally changed me, it's a story about a girl who wakes up in the woods not remebering anything, and how she goes to find the killer of her dead best friend. I must say it's somewhat Science Fiction (more so than horror) but Its amazing. I read this book in 5 hours and couldn't put it down. A must read for anyone, not just a CP fan, because I still am not that much of his books other that the remeber me trilogy, but this book is a must have (although the title is pretty pathetic).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ĴĴ VINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
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Christopher Pike is renowned for writing YA Fiction that usually has a slightly creepy or supernatural twist to it. This book is no different, and like many of his books, the plot starts out extremely well. Unfortunately, by then end of the book, the reader is left with some pretty crazy stuff that doesn't make much sense.

Story/Plot - The book starts out with a girl waking up in the woods, covered in blood, next to a dead body. A knife lies just inches away, and there is nobody else around. In addition to all of this, the girl has no idea who she is and can't remember anything from her past. As she exits the woods and goes back into her life that she has no recollection of, she is accused of the murder of the girl found in the woods. Will she be able to clear her name? Or did she actually commit the murder for some reason that she cannot remember?

Writing Style - The way Christopher Pikes writes is fascinating. It keeps the reader on the edge of his seat the entire time, and it never allows for boredom. The dialogues and descriptions are excellent as is the way the story is presented. Unfortunately, about halfway through the book everything takes a slightly crazy twist. Buddhism is brought into the story and confuses a lot of the things going on; it just downright distorts the main story and takes away from the plot. If you're willing to sift through the story and persevere through the confusion, you will be "rewarded" with more craziness at the ending. Although I won't go into detail in this review because of possible spoilers, let me just say that the ending is disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "thezerg" on August 10, 2000
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Imagine, for a moment, that you wake up and you have no idea who you are, or where you are. You wake up in the middle of a forest, soaked in blood and in your cold hand, you clutch a knife coverd in the same blood. You have no idea who you've killed or why your in the forest. You slowly learn about yourself and you now realize, your being charged with a murder that you know you did't commit. This is what got me interested in the book in the first place. The book is really interesting as to how they make everyone seem as a suspect and how they slowy develop our main character at a nice pace. But even more interesting, is the increadably odd plot. I'm not going to tell you what it is, since it will spoil the book, but it is something you will most definatly not expect. The characters are very neatly developed and the situations Pike puts you in are intense, you feel as if you were there. The downside to this otherwise, flawless book, is the sometimes confusing situations. Some situations in the book are about a dream these two people keep having, and when they keep bringing it up, I've always had to read it about 2 or 3 times before I got it. However, once you get it the first time, it should get easier when you read about the second dream sequence. The book is for anyone who loves a good thrill, a good plot, or a good sci-fi book. This deals with topics of the black arts (I think) and with many little other things that you'll have to read to find out. Definatly recommended for any teenager out there too, this one will keep you reading, I can almost garuntee that. But it today.
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Christopher Pike is the author of over forty teen thrillers, including series REMEMBER ME, FINAL FRIENDS and CHAIN LETTER.

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