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Chyna Shepard had a very hard and emotionally distressful upbringing and she opened up to no one. The only friend she ever knew and trusted was Laura. Chyna traveled home with Laura for spring break and while staring out the window during her sleepless night, Chyna heard something strange. It sound like an intruder, and reverting back to childhood she immediately hid under the bed. The intruder had slaughtered the whole family in their sleep and the only one spared was Chyna.
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She refused to allow this man to get away with this and hid in the back of his motor home two rotting bodies. She was terrified of what would happen if he found her, but even more terrified of what would happen if she didn't stop this man from hurting any one else. She embarked on an adventure filled with terror and more death than she had ever even seen in the movies. When she realized that this man was hiding a sixteen year old girl in his basement her terror and her courage were the only things she had left. She would save this girl if it was the very last thing she did.
The review of this Book prepared by amy blaine

Psychology student Chyna Shepherd visits her best friend Laura Templeton's family's house in Napa Valley, California. Her first night there, she can't sleep. A killer named Edgler Foreman Vess enters the house and kills everyone inside but Chyna. Thinking Laura is alive when she sees Vess put her in the back of his motor home, Chyna attempts to save her friend, and goes in the motor, but discovers that Laura is dead. Before she can escape the motor home, it starts moving, and Chyna is trapped with Vess, and soon discovers that Vess has kept a 16-year-old girl named Ariel in his basement for a year, and Chyna is the only one who can save her.
The review of this Book prepared by Steven

Chyna Shepherd faces indescribable emotional and physical challenges on what should have been a relaxing four day college break. Seeing those close to her murdered forces an intense, yet brief self-evaluation that changes her life forever. The killer, who never knows fear faces Chyna, an unexpected passenger on his murderous rampage. Chyna realizes her whole life has prepared her for the most intense moments of her life.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

This terrifying thriller is about a battle of wits between a vulnerable young woman and a sadistic serial killer.Chyna Shepherd is a vulnerable young woman with trouble childhood who must rise to the occasion in her battle against Edgler Vess, a sadistic killer who has murdered Chyna's friend and her family.This novel's lyrical prose heightens the tension and menace in the cat and mouse story of terror and courage.You won't forget Chyna or her battle with one of the most terrifying villians that ever was on the printed page!
The review of this Book prepared by RODNEY POWELL

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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