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Jean loves her best friends and sees herself as a guardian angel, she kills them after showing them a good time Jean is stressed to the max. Her mother just died from cancer and Jean has been a full-time caregiver for three full months. Her brothers Andrew Jr. and Welland both work for the police department and are too busy to lend assistance.
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Jean earns a living by making ceramic pieces of leaves. She is very precise with her work and even though her pieces don't make her rich she finds satisfaction in making art.

When her mother dies Jean breathes a sigh of release. Her husband Milt is understanding and tries to get Jean to show some emotion (she hasn't cried). He was left to his own devices while Jean was care giving and developed a close relationship (sexual) with his wife's friend Irene.

While holding in the grief of losing her mother Jean decides to help her closest friends by killing them after making sure they have fun on their last day alive. One by one, she takes them out. Her brothers don't catch on that it is Jean doing the killing even though the small town they reside in makes keeping secrets impossible when gossip is on the horizon.'

Jean's despair is partly due to her treatment of her childhood friend Cheryl who was banished from her parents home and the her hometown after becoming pregnant as a teen. Cheryl and Jean are both in their early fifties and Jean recalls with angst how she turned a deaf ear when Cheryl confided decades ago that she was going to have a baby.

Using the help of her brother Welland and the new search system he is being trained on, Jean locates Cheryl and finds her in a drunken stupor. Her husband has left her and she is drinking up profits from the vineyard he financed before leaving. She is depressed and very lonely. Having Jean visit out of the blue brightens her mood and she decides she wants to go home with Jean.

Outside detectives have been called in to help solve the murders and all leads point to Jean. She is the last person to be seen with each of the murder victims.

Jean is sentenced to fifteen years of prison. Her lawyer tries to get her to plead insanity. Jean refuses, her job of making some of her friends happy (on Jean's terms) has been a success.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked that Jean took responsibility for her crimes.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was Milt banging on the door while Jean hid Natalies dead body.

Opinion about the main character: I disliked that Jean worried so much about how others viewed her.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 70%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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