Thursday, January 2, 2014
Wanted! by Caroline B. Cooney
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Publication Date: 1997
Length: about 230 pages (ebook)
Alice gets a phone call from her dad, who instructs her to find two computer discs on his desk, take his Corvette, and meet him at their regular ice cream place as soon as possible. Baffled by his strange instructions, she obeys, but as she's leaving the house she hears someone breaking in, and her dad never shows up at the meeting spot. Waiting in the car and listening to the radio, Alice hears on the news that her dad has been murdered, and that she had supposedly confessed to the crime via email! Terrified, Alice goes on the run, hoping all the while that someone will believe that she's innocent.
This was an enjoyable, fast-paced mystery. The whole time, I was like "This is a bad idea! You are making yourself look guilty by running and should really just go to your mom, even though she thinks you're guilty!" But of course, she didn't listen. She admits she has no plan as to where she's going to go (during the story she pretty much just circles her own town), but doesn't know what else to do but keep running until they figure out who actually killed her father.
Full disclosure: Free ebook copy received from the publisher through NetGalley.