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Guilty Paperback – Apr 1 2012
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"A thrilling tale of three mysterious murders. Just when you think you have it all figured out—everything changes...Best. Ending. Ever." (YALSA YA Galley Teen Review 2012-02-03)
"[A] searing detective story...The novel gets off to a tense start as 17-year-old Finn watches a strange man approach his father and stepmother in front of their garage...The chapters alternate between Finn and Lila's points of view, a juxtaposition that lends even more depth and energy to an already exciting story." (Booklist 2012-05-01)
"McClintock is well-known for her many young adult crime novels...Guilty will appeal to both her fans and to new readers as well. The book is fast-paced and exciting...The usual elements of a good mystery are all there, with a number of suspects and potential scenarios. People keep secrets of all kinds, and the final unravelling of the plot surprises both Lila and Finn and will catch readers off guard both in its simplicity and ingenuity....Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2012-03-09)
"McClintock has crafted an engrossing thriller that will keep readers turning pages. Full of intrigue from the first page, the story alternates between Finn and Lila's narration...McClintock does a fine job of capturing both teen's emotional responses to events. The quest to discover the truth, rather than character development, is what drives this book, and teens will be drawn into the mystery. The action and shorter length make this an ideal choice for reluctant readers, but it is also a good pick for avid mystery and thriller fans." (VOYA 2012-08-01)
"Guilty is a perfect example of why Norah McClintock is the queen of Canadian YA crime fiction, having won the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction at least five times...With both Finn and Lila coming at the crimes from different perspectives, converging at a dramatic life-threatening climax, Norah McClintock keeps the story fast-paced and intriguing, hopeful for justice (the coveted aim for most readers of crime fiction) and even peace of mind through resolution." (CanLit for LittleCanadians blog 2012-07-10)
"McClintock maintains pace and tension throughout this novel and manages to make an incongruous situation entirely believable." (Resource Links 2012-06-01)
"McClintock's book will be a sure winner because of its short format, intriguing plot, and interesting characters." (Library Media Connection 2012-11-01)
"Layers of description and Finn and Lila's discoveries, as well as their budding relationship, will keep the readers engaged until the very end...A good read for reluctant and voracious readers alike. The characters are compelling and the plot just twisted enough to hold attention." (Tri State YA Book Review Committee 2012-09-01)
From the Back Cover
Tracie crumples and falls to the ground. My dad twists around to look at her. He bellows. He lunges at the man again. Blam Blam A second person falls to the ground. Only my dad is left standing. Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if this is more than a terrible coincidence. At the police station, he meets Lila, daughter of the killer, and they strike up a wary friendship. Both of them are desperate to find the truth. What they discover hints at a much larger conspiracy.See all Product Description
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Finn and Lila are such real characters, that I wanted everything to work out for them. The mystery surrounding these two is straight out of Criminal Minds or CSI, but Guilty is even better! Once you get started there's no stopping.
The story alternates between Finn's point-of-view and Lila's. Lila, the daughter of the killer, grew up believing her father had been framed and unjustly sent to prison. This new murder seems to confirm that everything she didn't want to believe about her father was true. Then Lila and Finn meet in the police station and begin a tentative friendship. As both of them research their pasts, they discover they didn't know as much about their parents as they thought.
Both Finn and Lila are somewhat static characters. The plot drives GUILTY rather than character growth. But they're good characters to tell the story. Finn is slightly numb to everything due to reliving his childhood trauma. Lila is stuck with her final argument with her father. She prioritized working over school and didn't get a scholarship to college. She stands by her decision, but feels guilty over how it might have contributed to her father's death.
GUILTY is a delightful mystery and a nice change from all the science fiction I started my day with. The ending is pretty obvious, but I enjoyed the journey there. I'm interested in reading more by Norah McClintock.