The Killer's Cousin
Recently acquitted of murder, 17-year-old David has moved to Massachusetts to complete his senior year of high school. His aunt and uncle have offered him shelter--escape from the media's incessant questions and from the uncertain glances of his neighbors and ex-friends.His attic apartment... show more
Recently acquitted of murder, 17-year-old David has moved to Massachusetts to complete his senior year of high school. His aunt and uncle have offered him shelter--escape from the media's incessant questions and from the uncertain glances of his neighbors and ex-friends.His attic apartment doesn't feel much like a shelter, though. He sees ghostly shadows at night, his aunt is strangely cold, and his 11-year-old cousin Lily is downright hostile. And as Lily's behavior becomes more and more threatening, David can't help but wonder what ugly secrets lurk within the walls of Lily's home.There's one thing David knows with certainty. The more he learns about his cousin Lily, the harder it is to avoid thinking about his own past.
Publish date: October 13th 1998
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Realistic Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed The Killer's Cousin quite a bit. It was a very quick read. I think the author did a great job of creating tension between characters that you could actually feel. Lilly was a creepy kid and although I figured out her secret right away it didn't spoil the book for me. The chara...
One of the fascinating things about "The Killer's Cousin" is that it's a story covering multiple dimensions, even considering the tough subject matter that it takes on. Nancy Werlin creates a sympathetic story for 17-year-old David, recently acquitted for the crime of murdering his girlfriend. Yet...
I don't remember reading this; why is it in my books?
A really interesting exploration of guilt and atonement that was undercut by some hokey X-Files shit -- though I'm sure X-Files fans will appreciate the Fox and Mulder mentions. Sidenote: Do you really call yourselves X-Philes?! By the way, X-Philes, who is Samantha and what happened to her?
I don't have very much to say about this book. I think it was probably the weakest of Werlin's books that I've read so far. The story moved along slowly, annoyingly so, with more filler than necessary. The writing was choppy, in contrast to the beautiful, evocative writing Werlin was so incredibly c...