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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Circle 9, by Anne Heltzel

Circle NineWhen your whole life has vanished and only one person knows who you are...don’t you have to believe him?

 Abby doesn’t remember what happened the night she woke up in soot-stained clothes, lying next to a burning building with an unfamiliar boy at her side. But her connection with Sam is immediate and intense. And she has no one else: no family, no home, not even a last name.

She and Sam start a new life, just the two of them, and Abby’s deliriously happy. Until memories from her past begin to haunt her—and suddenly everything she’s learned to love turns sinister. It’s only a matter of time before her reality cracks apart.

Circle 9 was a little hard for me to follow, at first. But I think with as much there is that difficulty ultimately lends itself to a riveting story.

Readers will be hot or cold on this story. There won't be much in between. It's very psychological and there's a lot more going on as you wade through the story. Character development is there, but scattered in bits and pieces, it's not chronological (the development) and it certainly isn't linear...but it works, and the disjointed feel is necessary for the overall story, which is definitely more sinister and sad than you might expect as you get to know Sam and Abby.

It's deep, emotional, and driven. This book is billed as a YA, but I think it could easily be a crossover to adult fiction for those enjoying psychological thrillers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book is part of the e-book collection for my local public library system. I was not solicited to write a review, nor am I receiving any compensation. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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