This book opens extremely well with some quite excellent character definition. I didn't like the first person/present tense combination, but it stopped being noticeable after a few pages, as it does when the writing is smooth and competent, as it is here.
Suspense built solidly in the second chapter, and this too is very well done, and the book moves to a truly horrifying conclusion.
Overall, though, I felt it was too condensed. This book is very short, and the relentlessly fast pace had rather a numbing effect, so that many of the truly horrible incidents did not have the impact they deserved. I felt it would have been a much better book if it were expanded to perhaps twice its current length, and the pacing varied.
A coming-of-age story about a young girl who has had to shoulder the burden of caring for her family.
Callie Jones and her dad are devastated when the bank threatens to foreclose on their home. But help comes from an unexpected quarter, and Callie learns that actions have consequences, and sometimes the price you pay can be too high....
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