AUTHOR: Robert Cormier (Australia).
ISSUES: teenage alcoholism, extreme vandalism (home invasion), assault, sexual attraction/first love, divorce, abduction, murder. Quite graphic at times. Not recommended as a read-aloud.
NOTE: it is on some schools' "banned book" list.
PLOT: A gang breaks into a house and vandalises it. When a young girl returns home unexpectedly, she is assaulted and pushed down stairs, going into a coma. The story follows her sister, and one of the vandals.
AGES: Recommended for highschoolers, ages 15+, for mature audiences only/parental guidance recommended.
GENRE: Thriller. RATING: 5 stars.