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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: Interrogation of Gabriel James (Price)

Title: The Interrogation of Gabriel James
Author: Price
Genre: Fiction, High School, Crime, Mystery
Page: 176
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Two teens are dead and Gabriel is in police custody.  He is not officially a suspect, but he is being interrogated about the deaths...and he seems to know quite a bit about what happened.  Through the course of the interrogation, Gabriel slowly reveals the history of what he knows.  And there is a lot to know.  A classmate is being abused but hasn't told anyone; local pets are disappearing; fires are being started around town; and a creepy ex-cult leader may be up to his old tricks.  It is possible that all of these crimes are connected, and Gabriel may just be the key.  He may also be the best suspect.

This is mystery/thriller at it's best.  Gabriel is reliving the story and it is his memories, dragged out slowly by the police, that inform readers what has happened.  We only have his version of events, and by his own account, he might just be responsible for what has happened.  He certainly isn't innocent.  

The story is fast-paced and should hook readers right from the opening line.  The mood is suspenseful, scary, and dark.   This quick thriller is best suited for slightly older readers.  Though I read an advance copy, it is now officially published so you should be able to find a copy at the library.  Or comment here if you are interested in reading my copy.

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