He could be any man, any respectable, ordinary man.
But he's not.
This man watches the five Herbert girls—Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn—with disturbing fascination.
Unaware of his scrutiny and his increasingly agitated and forbidden thoughts about them, the sisters go on with their ordinary everyday lives—planning, arguing, laughing, and crying—as if nothing bad could ever breach the safety of their family.
In alternating points of view, Norma Fox Mazer manages to interweave the lives of predator and prey in this unforgettable psychological thriller.
A stranger stalks the five sisters of a closely knit family in this taut drama. Alternating the viewpoints of the predator, who cultivates the anonymous appearance of "any respectable, ordinary man," and the Herbert girls, who cross his path each day on their way to and from school, Mazer (After the Rain) keeps readers on the edge of their seats with the knowledge that one of the five will be targeted for foul play. Distracted by worries their father's disabling injury, dwindling funds, and individual problems they face at school the girls pay little notice to the man and are oblivious to his growing fixation on the youngest sister, 11-year-old Autumn. The author relays her subsequent kidnapping suspensefully yet judiciously, conveying the terror Autumn experiences but only suggesting her actual molestation. Sharply delineated characters, engrossing narrative and Mazer's keen insight into the psychology of both stalker and victim keep the tension ratcheted way, way up. Ages 12-up.
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The missing girl
This book is so thrilling and shocking. I love it although I'm on pg. 124 and still there is nothing about a missing girl. Hope it ends GREAT!
One of the worst books I have read. Not really worth reading and it is a slow book where u just skip through and just try to get over with I don't recommend