Jayne (Truly, Madly, Deadly) swiftly establishes a sense of urgency when 17-year-old Riley Spencer finds a birth certificate in her baby book that isn't her own. Or is it? The discovery leads Riley to reflect on her parents' odd behavior—they insist that she take an antianxiety pill each morning, are stiflingly overprotective, recently moved the family to a remote subdivision, and claim her baby pictures were destroyed in a flood. In crisp sequences reminiscent of The Face on the Milk Carton, Riley launches an extensive search to uncover the identity of Jane Elizabeth O'Leary, while sensing that someone is pursuing her. A missing child poster that appears on her computer and cryptic notes that show up in her purse fuel her suspicions. Despite the harrowing circumstances Riley faces once she learns more about her family's past, her biggest obstacle lies in overcoming her own apprehension. The weightiest elements of the novel are Riley's growing sense of independence and her process of staking claim to her identity. Ages 13–up. Agent: Amberly Finarelli, Andrea Hurst Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 12/16/2013 Release date: 01/01/2014 Genre: Children's
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