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Sasha Dawn, Carol­rhoda Lab (MAY) Hard­cover $17.99 (344pp), 978-1-5124-3977-9

Ado­les­cent Josh is not fond of his life in Su­gar Creek, Illi­nois, a small town where not much hap­pens. When he learns that his mother has been see­ing his ex-step­fa­ther again de­spite an or­der of no con­tact, things get worse.

But then an in­trigu­ing girl, Chatham, walks into his life, claim­ing that she’s in town to find her run­away sis­ter. There is more to her story than what she’s telling. Josh works with Chatham and be­gins to learn about her past, what brought her to Su­gar Creek, and how she just might hold the key to fi­nally dis­cov­er­ing what hap­pened to Rachel, a four-year-old who was kid­napped twelve years ago.

Blink is a tightly crafted and thor­oughly sat­is­fy­ing mys­tery with a sym­pa­thetic lead who is driven by an in­stinct to help and pro­tect those who need it. Josh has a trou­bled home life; his mom is ver­bally abu­sive, and her ex-hus­band is phys­i­cally so. Chatham, in con­trast, is a beautiful, artis­tic girl, though she is guarded and mys­te­ri­ous.

Josh knows that Chatham is keep­ing se­crets, but he wants to help her how­ever he can. As the two char­ac­ters spend time to­gether, a be­liev­able, com­pelling ro­mance de­vel­ops, and it’s as easy to get caught up in their love as in the dan­gers they face.

Blink weaves its story through multiple lives, a twelve-year time span, and a wide ge­o­graph­i­cal area. It pro­vides un­ex­pected twists and turns at a pleas­antly fast pace, and is com­pelling from the first page to the last.

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