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Bonnie Wheeler is a woman happily married with a beautiful daughter named Amanda. She also has a great career in her teaching. But all that is about to fall apart one day when she receives a disturbing phone call from her husband's ex-wife Joan. Joan informs Bonnie that she and Amanda are both in danger, and wants to see Bonnie in person. Frightened, Bonnie goes to meet Joan at a given time, to find her brutally murdered at the kitchen table. Bonnie calls the police immediately, and it is then that her life will go in total chaos.
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Strange events start to happen after Bonnie and her husband take her husband's children in to live with them. Bonnie becomes very ill and doesn't know why, and the killer involved in Joan's death seems to be after them, leaving threatening phone calls, and trying to hurt Amanda. There seems to be something happening right under Bonnie's nose, but she doesn't know what really. But what she discovers is that the killer may be much closer than she ever thought possible, and in fact, Bonnie may have to run for her and her daughter's life if she wants to them to survive.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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