"The setting is claustrophobic, the characters are complex and the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats," KLIATT raved of this vivid, fast-paced psychological thriller in a starred review. Kyle Kirby has planned a cruel and unusual revenge on Cass McBride, the most popular girl in school, for the death of his brother David. He digs a hole. Kidnaps Cass. Puts her in a box--underground. He buries her alive. But lying in the deepest dark, Cass finds a weapon: she uses the power of words to keep her nemesis talking--and herself breathing--during the most harrowing 48 hours of her life.
From the first paragraph, Giles's (Shattering Glass) story grabs readers' attention, and doesn't let go: "She's dead, isn't she? If she was alive, I wouldn't be handcuffed to a table in an interview room. You'd take her statement before you'd come at me for a confession, right?" Kyle Kirby blames Cass McBride for his younger brother's suicide, and exacts a terrible revenge: he kidnaps 17-year-old Cass from her house, and buries her alive, with a walkie-talkie so he can upbraid her, while she tries to outthink her captor. Alternating chapters in the teens' first-person narrative, with an interspersing of chapters from detective Ben Grey's perspective, build the suspense, as the detective races to discover Cass's whereabouts before it's too late. At times, the chapters can be confusing, as they skip back and forth between past and present. But the dialogue between Cass and Kyle, and their thoughts, make for compelling reading. The two teens must confront some unpleasant truths about themselves and the events that led to David's suicide, and they also come to a better understanding of each other. Giles does a terrific job of creating two well-rounded characters, and of withholding the outcome of Cass's fate until the very end. Readers will be riveted. Ages 15-up.
This book makes you wanting to keep reading its is amazing and full of suspense one of the best books I've read.
I am a pre-service teacher and am going into an 11th grade YA Literature class, and the students I am working with chose to read this book. I read this book in one sitting and it took about three hours. It was quite easy, I would reccomend it for an 8-9th grade level personally.
The novel seemed to focus a lot on family, and the relationship that youth have with parents, youth becoming their parents, and youth trying NOT to become their parents.
I found 4 typos in this iBooks addition, but nothing so large that I could not figure out what the word was supposed to be.
“What Happened to Cass McBride” was a coming-of-age novel that highlighted the common teen issue of “saying too much,” and the consequences that words have on one another.
I believe this book serves well as a “choice read” in an English class, but not as an entire class novel. I would support this book at the early high-school level.
Really gud book it mives fast and keeps you on ur toes the entire time