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Second Life of Ava Rivers

January 23rd, 2019 - Posted in Library News -

downloadby Faith Gardner, 361 pages, Grades 8 and up

When the twins were just 5 Vera’s sister, Ava, went missing. It was a terrible, tragic event, but what’s worse is that it continues to be a mystery to this day. Vera’s entire life has been spent beneath the specter of her sister’s disappearance. Every holiday – especially Halloween because that is the day Ava was lost – every birthday, every day the whole family feels the loss of their baby girl. Vera’s family is forever changed; her brother struggled with drug abuse and now hardly comes home, her dad spends most of his days in the basement pouring over documents that might help him uncover some clue, her mom is always as some PR function to talk about missing children, and plead for the return of Vera’s twin. Her whole life has been overshadowed by this tragedy, so it is not wonder she is looking forward to college where she can start over and create a life of her own around people who know nothing about the missing twin, but then the police call the house. They have found a teenage girl – alive!

If you like creepy mysteries you might also like: The Leaving, by Tara Altebrando, Break My Heart 1,000 Times, by Daniel Waters, or The Darkhouse, by Barbara Redecki.

 

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