- My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
- Genre: Teen/Youth Suspense Fiction
- Part of a Series: no
- Publication year: 2013
- Publisher: Zonderkidz
'Like many a crackerjack thriller, this one boasts a breakneck beginning...Rarely are kids in thrillers portrayed this realistically...Deliberate, plausible, and gritty whodunit.' --Booklist Starred Review
Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed. Remaining Silent Could Be Worse.
When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals---who may also be cops---Cooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall and a friend never receives justice. Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous? The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.
Yep, I'm still reading teen/youth books to add to our church library. Hopefully there's some teen readers out there who will enjoy what I'm finding! This was a top-notch suspense! I was turning pages faster and faster to see what would happen to Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy and how they would try to catch the theives who hurt their friend and mentor. The plot was very engaging and took a hard look at the topic of lying and how a web of lies will grow exponentially the more you tell. Cooper's quandry--to tell or not to tell--was very difficult and one that I would never want to face myself. Shoemaker does a very good job of fleshing out the characters and their responses to the robbery they witnessed. Very exciting and good for adults too!