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Single, twenty-something Kendra Clayton, a part-time English instructor for a GED program, always knew her friend and coworker Bernie Gibson's flashy boyfriend, Jordan Wallace, was monogamy challanged. Kendra couldn't be happier when Bernie suddenly declares she's ending her relationship with Jordan. But when Jordan is found brutally murdered, and Bernie asks Kendra to withhold seemingly harmless information from the police, Kendra is baffled but reluctantly goes along with Bernie's request. She thinks she's just helping her friend out. However, Kendra finds out the price of friendship may be too high when Bernie reveals a secret that ultimately implicates her in Jordan's murder and thanks to the information Kendra withheld from the police, possible criminal charges are hanging over Kendra's own head. Believing in Bernie's innocence, Kendra soon realizes the only way out is to find the killer herself!

From a gold-digging nurse, whose estranged husband Kendra finds herself falling for, to a talented young art student with a chip on her shoulder, Kendra wades through the list of potential suspects. To make matters worse, an anonymous note found at the crime scene and questions from homicide detectives about her own contentious relationship with Jordan further complicate Kendra's life. But it's Kendra's faith in her friend's innocence that is put to the test when Bernie's continued secrecy makes Kendra wonder how well she really knows her--and if she's guilty after all!
This report prepared by Angela Henry








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   best friend Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator 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    -   Black

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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