Worm Book Summary and Study Guide

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Throughout the small New England town of New Milford, strange deaths have been occurring at an unusual rate. A woman is driven off the road to her death, with a rabid squirrel found bouncing around the interior of her vehicle. An old man's lifeless body is found floating under the scum of the town pond, miles from his home. A teenage boy is found electrocuted in his bathtub. In all three cases, the victims share a common thread: each was abusive to animals in some way, and each died in much the same manner in which their pets were abused.
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On the surface, these deaths appear to be nothing more than unfortunate accidents. But there is one person in town who sees a connection between these deaths: New Milford's newest detective, Jake Allen. As a boy, Jake was called "Worm," due to his thick, round glasses and the turtleneck sweaters he wore -- even during the hottest days of summer -- to hide the bruises caused by his abusive father and aunt. Upon graduating from high school, Jake left New Milford to join the army. Upon returning, he noticed that his appearance had changed so dramatically that no one in town recognized him anymore -- not even Jake's high school crush, Maggie McCarthy.

Maggie is the owner of a small pet store in town that she inherited from her father. Unbeknownst to her, she is also the catalyst and sole inspiration behind a series of serial killings in her beloved hometown. The story of Worm follows Jake's investigation into these serial killings, interspersed with short journeys into Jake's past. Jake soon realizes that in order to solve these murders, he must first confront his problems face-to-face. By doing so, he will learn the answers to all of his questions, including why, at the scene of each murder, he hears the ominous echo of a rooster's crow.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   animal antics Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's


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 form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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