Robert Cormier, Author Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers $16.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-385-32286-7
Rarely has Cormier's irony been darker than in this violent tale of obsession, which explores the psyches of a serial killer and the teenage runaway who cannot resist his charm. Lori Cranston hitchhikes to Massachusetts with the intention of trailing a rock star, but she is sidetracked in a diner when she sees the face of convicted murderer Eric Poole flash across the television screen, on the eve of his release from a juvenile facility. Remembering a chance encounter with Eric and how he treated her with ""tenderness,"" Lori plans how they may reunite. Meanwhile Eric plots how to get away with murder No. 4. Readers will stay on the edge of their seats as the paths of the two youths converge and intertwine. The bond of trust built between the characters is overshadowed by an aura of inevitable doom; most will guess that Lori's days with Eric are numbered, but few will be prepared for the brutal paradoxes of their deadly parting. Disturbing evocations of sexual harassment, abuse and remorseless cruelty throughout the novel will have a more lasting, haunting effect than the author's somewhat watered-down message about the yearning to be loved. Ages 14-up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/03/1997
Release date: 03/01/1997
Genre: Children's
Mass Market Paperbound - 229 pages - 978-0-440-22034-3
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-33235-4
Prebound-Glued - 229 pages - 978-0-7569-3636-5
Prebound-Other - 229 pages - 978-0-606-15733-9
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-11156-0
Paperback - 229 pages - 978-0-385-73133-1
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