Back Before Dark by Tim Shoemaker
Posted by Krystal Larson at 2:25 PM Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Praise for Code of Silence: 'Deliberate, plausible, and gritty whodunit.' --Booklist Starred Review Taken! A detour through the park leads Cooper, Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk straight into a trap, and Gordy is abducted! For the kidnapper, it's all a game, a way to settle an old score, with no one getting hurt. But evil has a way of escalating, and once his identity is discovered, the rules change. Despite the best of police efforts, the hours tick by without a clue or a ransom call, leaving everyone to their own fears. Gordy is gone. Cooper descends deeper into a living nightmare, imagining the worst for his best friend and cousin. Hours stretch into days, and talks of a memorial service begin to surface. But Cooper still feels his cousin is alive and develops a reckless plan, changing all the rules. Now the one who set out to rescue his friend needs to be rescued himself. Sometimes rescuing a friend from darkness means going in after them.
I thought that this book was a perfect read for a rainy summer or fall day. I was able to finish it in one sitting and felt like everything was completely tied up at the end of the novel (which is always nice- no cliff-hangers!). Gordy, one of the four friends that the reader is used to from a prior novel, is kidnapped. This leads to panic and confusion among the rest of the gang. In an odd way, this book reminded me a little bit of the Scooby Doo show. I really liked how the friends worked together and never gave up on their friend. There were numerous goofy decisions that will make the reader groan out loud; there were parts when I literally cringed.
I really liked a lot of the characters. They were very easy to root for during the mystery. I thought that the author did a terrific job of creating the spooky atmosphere necessary to carry out his plot. Young adult/teen readers will really enjoy this novel.
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