What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles.
Where do I start to tell you how wonderful this novel is? Perhaps with the skill of the writing that manages to create a breakneck speed buts stays firmly in control of the plot points and horror. Perhaps with the fantastic characterizations that slowly reveal what is lacking in these teenage lives. Perhaps with the simple fact that it is Gail Giles and we know to expect great quality fiction from her. Or perhaps with the way that this book with enter your psyche and stay with you whether you are reading it right then or not.
It is the story of Cass McBride, a perfect daughter to an imperfect father, who strives to do her best in all things but can’t help being a little bit catty. When a loser asks her out, she nicely says no, but then writes a horrible note about him to her friend. The boy reads the note and later that day commits suicide. The boy’s older brother blames Cass for his death and kidnaps her, trapping her in a crate buried beneath the ground. And there is where all of the characters reveal more and more of themselves until the tension finally breaks.
The book is riveting with a pace that matches the frenzy of the older brother but controlled and forceful like Cass herself. It moves from a book about the search for Cass to a character study of two teens who couldn’t be more different and more the same. The writing is accessible and clear, helping the pace of the book stay zippy and the tension build to almost unbearable levels.
Recommend this to every teen out there. It is a creepy, fast-paced thriller of a novel. It will be one of those books that is devoured and then shared with friends. Read it, enjoy it and then pass it on.