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Back Before Dark by Tim Shoemaker

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.

Goodreads Summary

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.

4 Stars

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  1. Unknown said...:

    I have this waiting on my shelf now, looks like I should get started on it soon!

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    Scooby Doo is the best recommendation ever. I'm in! *GRIN*

  1. Aw, this does sound cool. I love Scooby Doo :D
    Thanks for the review, I will be looking for this(:

  1. Berenice said...:

    I love this cover! And it sounds great. It this part of a series? I'll have to do some research. Great review. Thank you! =)