Friday, April 1, 2011

High School Thriller: Wish You Were Dead

Wish You Were Dead (Wish You Were Dead Trilogy (Quality))

Wish You Were Dead
by Todd Strasser
Egmont, 2009
236 pages

Dark, thrilling and compelling, this is one young adult novel that will capture teen interest. When an anonymous high school blogger wishes some popular students were dead, suddenly people start disappearing. First Lucy is taken. Best friend Madison is beside herself; she gave Lucy a ride home but didn't make sure Lucy was safely inside the house before pulling away. Now Madison feels responsible.

The blogger continues to write, but seems to censor some wishes. As more students read the blog, things start to get even weirder (blogging can be dangerous, after all, wink). Lucy's boyfriend Adam is the next student who disappears; then another friend Courtney is unaccounted for. Madison is getting creepy letters telling her that she's in danger. She wants to trust newcomer Tyler, but doesn't quite trust his dark and brooding looks. The police question students but seem to have no leads.

What if Tyler has something to do with the case? What is he's the kidnapper? Or worse, what if he's a serial killer?

Readers will not see the twisted, surprise ending. Strasser has done it again!

Highly recommended for high school collections grades 9-up.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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