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.

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.

An atmospheric thriller, ripe with tension, overcomes a superfluous subplot. Her murder of her boyfriend Brian has been ruled an act of self-defense, but Mallory is still trapped by what happened that night. To help her get past the murder, her parents send her to Monroe Prep, the boarding school her father attended. But Mallory can't escape the feeling that Brian's mother has followed her or that Brian's spirit is everywhere. Distracting from this gripping suspense is the unnecessary drama at Monroe, where Mallory acts on her feelings for Reid, the son of her father's best friend, and fights off the attentions of Jason, the dean of students' son. Another violent, bloody death-in her own dorm room-acts as the catalyst for Mallory to finally discover what happened that night with Brian as well as this more recent event-although readers will find this second death far less interesting. The storyline at Monroe dilutes the power of Mallory's recovery and minimizes Mallory's relationship with her best friend Colleen, a disappointingly unexplored element. Still, the primary thriller plot and readers' investment in Mallory will keep the pages turning. (Thriller. 14 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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