Becky gets to spend the whole summer on a beautiful island, babysitting one little boy who is no trouble at all. It’s a dream job. There’s even a possible romance developing with the boy next door. Her employer is one strange lady who doesn’t seem to have a clue how to care for her own child, but that’s what she hired Becky for. Besides, she’s not around much so it’s not much of a problem. But the phone calls that ring and ring behind a locked door are a problem, and the accidents that no one really believes are accidental, and the rumors of who might be responsible for them. It’s not that easy to escape from an island if you don’t have a boat and are afraid of the water. Becky is stuck where she is, with a boss and a maybe boyfriend she can’t completely trust. But she’s going to have to trust someone, so she will have to choose between them if she wants to survive the summer.
Taking care of little Devon on remote Sebastian Island seems like the perfect summer job for Becky, but appearances prove deceptive in this thriller by the author of Party Line. According to Mrs. Nelson, Devon's strange mother, she and her baby are fleeing an abusive husband. Before long, Becky figures out that the woman's story doesn't quite add up: she keeps Becky a virtual prisoner in their cabin and hardly knows how to handle Devon. Despite Mrs. Nelson's behavior, however, Becky makes friends with a local boy--who in turn seems to behave strangely toward Becky. This fast-paced narrative--offering entertainment without taxing its audience--should prove particularly engrossing to reluctant or slower readers. Ages 12-up.