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After suffering at his father s hands, as well as being locked in the cellar while his father beat to death more than 20 boys over the years, Cameron sees a chance at normal life by passing himself off as one of his fathers murder victims. PW wrote, Readers will be enthralled by the suspenseful plot. Ages 12-up. (July)
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Grade 8-10-A gripping but not altogether convincing psychological thriller. Cameron Miller's father was a serial killer who preyed on young boys; when he dies in a police shoot-out, Cameron takes on the identity of Neil Lacey, one of his father's victims who was abducted and supposedly murdered six years earlier. The Lacey family accepts "Neil" into their home with few questions, but he lives in fear that old dental records and a suspicious police officer will expose his lies. Finally, when someone from Cameron's past threatens his new family, the 14-year-old must decide whether to tell his "parents" the truth. The engaging premise will keep readers on the edge of their seats, though some of the plot points strain credibility. For example, the story depends on the fact that the parents refuse a DNA test to prove the boy's identity. The novel deals with the years of sexual and physical abuse that Cameron endured at the hands of his father, but only on a surface level and never in graphic detail. Many of the interactions between Cameron and his new family are quite moving, especially in the scenes where he expects punishment and finds kindness and love instead. Counterfeit Son ends with a clever twist that should surprise readers and leave them well satisfied with this solidly written, fast-paced read.
Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library
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Elaine Marie Alpin out does herself on this book. With and unbelievably shocking ending, you can't go wrong reading this book. Read morePublished on April 11 2004
In this book, Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin, the reader is given a very detailed introduction into the life of the main character that we first know as Cameron Miller. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Wes McGinnis
This book was very predictable and boring to read. There was not enough action in this book from what I expected from reading the prologue of this book. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Janie
I found Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin to be an exhilarating book full of suspense and excitement. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Suzie
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was full of suspense and was a real thriller to the audience. It made you keep guessing what would happen next. Read morePublished on March 30 2004
The book "Counterfeit Son" written by: Elaine Marie Alphin, was semi-entertaining, I found it to be sort of demented and totally predictable. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Courtney
I read this for an English Ed. class and really enjoyed it even though it is a young adult book. I finished the book in one sitting and found myself making a note to find more by... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Melissa Alsman
Cameron Miller has been living under his father's torture for almost his whole life. His father has murdered and abused many boys while Cameron had to listen to their shrieks and... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004