The author warns readers on the inside flap of the dust jacket that this is not a story where "the monster gets the girl and everyone cries for his innocent victim." There are monsters in this story, but Mr. Anderson may or may not be one of them. At the outset, Jenna has just been rescued from drowning. She is asked by Detective Pendelton to dictate her story into a small handheld digital recorder since she seems reluctant to talk directly to him. The story that ensues is at times incredibly sad, frustrating, and ultimately fascinating. Jenna's periodic injection of the detective's name (calling him Bob, Bobby, Bobby-o) reminds readers that this is Jenna's story from beginning to end, and although we may not like that it isn't black and white, the gray areas give us a lot to think about. It's a powerful story that will grip readers from the minute Jenna starts talking and won't let go for hours--or even days--afterward.
Recommended for gr. 9-12. For more information, visit Ilsa J. Bick.