Say you’re a teen trying to track down a killer because (for some no doubt very good reason) you have a better chance of finding them than the trained law enforcement professionals in your town (and also because you’re the hero or heroine of a young adult thriller). Please, whatever you do, do not go off to hunt for clues in a secluded place without telling anyone where you’re going. If you absolutely must go off without leaving a note or even sending a simple text, please don’t forget your cell phone. Some weapons might come in handy as well, but keep in mind that this is a killer who wants to kill you and he probably has bigger weapons. If you do bring your cell phone, please remember to silence it so it doesn’t start ringing while you’re hiding from the killer and give away your location. And if, despite my pleas, you still do all these things, after the killer has, of course, found you in this secluded place where you’ve gone without any way to let someone know you’re in danger and you’re running for your life, DO NOT TRIP AND FALL DOWN. Thanks. I would really appreciate it.
Is it just me? To find out if this drives you crazy, too, try these two books:
The River, by Mary Jane Beaufrand
Ronnie’s life is transformed by the murder of a ten-year-old neighbor for whom she babysat, and who had helped Ronnie adjust to living at a country inn on the banks of the Santiam River in Hoodoo, Oregon.
The Body Finder, by Kimberly Derting
Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.
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