The Stranger Game is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty novel that is Gone Girl for teens. Perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart.
When Nico Morris’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties.
Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.
But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s thin and drawn, when Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah’s retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she’s been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . . .
It's been four years since 15-year-old golden girl Sarah Morris disappeared from Pennsylvania's MacArthur Park. Her sister, Nico, now 15 herself, has gotten used to Sarah's disappearance eclipsing nearly every aspect of her family life. When they get a call from a children's center in Florida claiming that Sarah is alive and suffering from amnesia, they immediately hop a plane. Nico doesn't know what to think, but she does know that this thin, pale girl is a shadow of the sister she once knew, the sister who physically and emotionally abused her on an almost daily basis. This Sarah is kind and warm, and as Nico spends more time with her, the evidence mounts that a stranger may be among them. Busby's (Blink Once) tense mystery alternates between Nico and Sarah's points of view, using the tactic of an unreliable narrator to great effect while exploring how tragedy can alter every detail of a family's existence. A final twist leads to a surprising and utterly satisfying conclusion. Ages 13 up.