by Miranda, Megan

After stabbing and killing her boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Mallory, who has no memory of the event, is sent away to a boarding school to escape the gossip and threats, but someone or something is following her.

Megan Miranda is the author of Fracture. She studied Biology and Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she twice won a coveted award for research in Bioengineering. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. www.meganmiranda.com/

Mallory can't remember what happened the night she killed her boyfriend, Brian, after he broke into her house. Even though she was cleared of all charges, she is harassed at school and stalked by Brian's grief-stricken mother-and at night, Brian's accusing presence haunts her. She is relieved to be sent to Monroe Prep for a fresh start, but it's not long before the mean girls and golden boys expose her past. Worse, the watchful presence tormenting her hasn't gone away. When another boy is killed, Mallory must discover the truth. Is she being hunted? Or is she a killer? Miranda creates a chilling atmosphere, setting up a potentially unreliable narrator and the paranormal elements well, but the story loses momentum the more convoluted it grows. The final explanation is so unnecessarily complicated that it's close to implausible. Despite the disappointing conclusion, Mallory is convincing in her reactions, and even though her romance with a popular student is standard fare, her strong relationships with her best friend and her mother stand out. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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