The Westing Game- Ellen Raskin

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller 

The Westing Game is an amazing book written by Ellen Raskin and the story is about a game called “Who Killed Sam Westing”. The winner of the game receives Samuel Westing’s estate, which is worth millions. The players of the game are sixteen people, who are all residents of Sunset Towers–an apartment building on Lake Michigan, and they are named as the heirs to the fortune. The sixteen occupants are split into eight unusual pairs and are given clues to solve the murder case. Sam Westing’s most important instruction to the heirs is: “It’s not what you have, but what you don’t have, that counts.” Through many struggles and hard work, the ‘to be heirs’ play the game, leading to treachery and curiosity. The book has many unpredictable plot twists and you can never guess the outcome till you read the last page. It is not a very big book and I highly recommend reading this book, as it is amazing! 

A big Thank You to my librarian for introducing me to this stunning book, else I would never have known about it and read it!

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Endangered- Lamar Giles

Genre: Mystery

Lauren Daniels (better known as Panda in her school) finds the tables turned when a mysterious individual begins to blackmail her in doing risky jobs by threatening to tell the world about her secret identity if she doesn’t do them. 

During the day Lauren tries to stay unnoticed. At night, she becomes Gray; an experienced and a dauntless photographer who captures implicating or chagrin pictures of high school bullies and posts them to her anonymous website. Enraged that a popular student, Keachin Myer attacked a disabled classmate, Gray follows Keachin and hits photographic pay dirt. When she receives an email from someone called SecretAdm1r3r that night, with incriminating photos of herself photographing Keachin, she feels her world spinning around her. 

The game begins from then: SecretAdm1r3r’s taunting messages at first dare Gray to take dangerous photographs but quickly move into sinister territory. When people end up dying mysteriously from the next day onwards, Panda cuts ties with the mysterious person. This book has frequent plot twists and fast moving sentences which keeps you want to keep turning the pages until you are done reading. 

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Lamar Giles, the author of this book has written another book before this called the Fake ID. You could read the review for that book by clicking the link below: https://windingwayblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/fake-id-lamar-giles/

 

Defender- Graham McNamee

Genre: Mystery

Tyne Greer (nicknamed Tiny) is six foot six, and a high school basketball star who is hoping that the game will be her ticket out of the slum (a run-down building called ‘The Zoo’,) of which her father is the superintendent of. When one day she discovers a crack in the wall of an abandoned basement room and a girl’s body sealed up in the wall, her whole world seems to go topsy-turvy.

Horrified by what Tyne saw, she runs to get her dad…but after he goes to take a look, he comes back and tells her that there is nothing there. There is no girl or a body. He tells her that she must be seeing things in the dark. Tyne is completely sure that it was real and when she finds evidence that the body was moved from the hole in the wall, she knows that the only person who could have done that is her father. But why? What is her own father hiding from her?

Tyne’s search for answers uncovers a conspiracy of secrets and lies in her family. The closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for her. Because some will do anything to bury the past…and keep her silent. It is a fun read!

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Inferno- Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

“The memories materialized slowly. . .like bubbles surfacing from the darkness of a bottomless well.

A veiled woman.

Robert Langdon gazed at her across a river whose churning waters ran red with blood. On the far bank, the woman stood facing him, motionless, solemn, her face hidden by a shroud. In her hand she gripped a blue tainia cloth, which she now raised in honor of the sea of corpses at her feet. The smell of death hung everywhere.

Seek, the woman whispered. And ye shall find.

Langdon heard the words as if she had spoken them inside his head. “Who are you?” he called out, but his voice made no sound.

Time grows short, she whispered. Seek and find.

Langdon took a step toward the river, but he could see the waters were blood red and too deep to traverse. When Langdon raised his eyes again to the veiled woman, the bodies at her feet had multiplied. There were hundreds of them now, maybe thousands, some still alive, writhing in agony, dying unthinkable deaths. . .consumed by fire, buried in feces, devouring one another. He could hear the mournful cries of human suffering echoing across the water.

The woman moved toward him, holding out her slender hands, as if beckoning for help.

“Who are you?!” Langdon again shouted.

In response, the woman reached up and slowly lifted the veil from her face. She was strikingly beautiful, and yet older than Langdon had imagined — in her sixties perhaps, stately and strong, like a timeless statue. She had a sternly set jaw, deep soulful eyes, and long, silver-gray hair that cascaded over her shoulders in ringlets. An amulet of lapis lazuli hung around her neck — a single snake coiled around a staff.

Langdon sensed he knew her. . .trusted her. But how? Why?”

This is the excerpt from the first chapter of the book Inferno.It is the latest book by Dan Brown and is a Robert Langdon book. If you are fans of Dan Brown or Robert Langdon, then you will probably like this book. 

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Fake ID- Lamar Giles

Genre: Mystery

Fake Id is the story of a young boy–Nick Pearson, who is hiding in plain sight. His name is not really Nick Pearson and he shouldn’t tell you where he is from or why his family moved to Stepton, Virginia. He shouldn’t tell you who he really is, or what his hair, skin and eye color is. And he definitely shouldn’t tell us about his friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy Eli was about to uncover before he died. He shouldn’t tell you about how he had to choose between solving Eli’s murder with his sister and “staying low-key” like the ‘Program’ taught him. But he is going to…because he decided to do so. 

I cannot tell a lot about this book without giving away some major details, so I decided to keep it short. This book is really good for young adults and I thank my English teacher for recommending me this book as I really enjoyed reading it.

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Lamar Giles, the author of this book has written another book after this called Endangered. You could read the review for that book by clicking the link below: https://windingwayblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/endangered-lamar-giles/

Digital Fortress- Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery-Thriller/Suspense

The story of Digital Fortress is about how the National Security Agency (NSA) finds itself as a hostage… not by weapons, but by a code so crafty and clever that it has the ability to wipe-out the U.S. intelligence. When the NSA’s most classified technological wonder–an indestructible code-breaking machine (Transltr)–encounters a suspicious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its genius and the head cryptographer Susan Fletcher. What she finds out while working on the case is so surprising she struggles to save the agency she believes in and finds herself fighting not only for her country, but also for her own life. The book is filled with a lot of intelligence secrets, and the book also provides the readers with a lot of current information on NSA which most of the Americans never knew about.

I loved this book because I have a great interest in computer and programming skills and this book proved very interesting in that field. It also told me so much about the NSA (which I believe really exists) like for example they mentioned how each and every email is read by Transltr I was shocked because I didn’t know if it was true or not. I still don’t! But it definitely is a good book to read! Especially if you enjoy reading something about programming.

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The Silence of Murder- Dandi Daley Mackall

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

17-year-old Hope Long’s life revolves around her brother Jeremy. So when Jeremy is accused of killing the town’s beloved baseball coach, Hope’s world begins to unravel. Everyone is convinced Jeremy did, and since he hasn’t spoken a word in 9 years, he’s unable to defend himself. Their lawyer instructs Hope to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, but all her life Hope has known that Jeremy’s just different than other people — better, even. As she works to prove his innocence—joined by her best friend T.J. and the sheriff’s son, Chase—Hope uncovers secrets about the murder, the townspeople, her family, and herself. She knows her brother isn’t the murderer. But as she comes closer to the truth, she’s makes a shocking discovery and learns who the killer is… and that really surprises her and the readers.

It is a good book, filled with suspense. My school librarian recommended me this book and I am thankful that she did, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die- April Henry

Genre: Mystery/ Suspense

Yet another book by April Henry. Sorry guys! One problem I have is, if I find a good author and enjoy their books a lot, then I start reading each and every book of theirs till I am done. This is the last book of April Henry I read, so don’t worry… I am not going to write any more summaries of books by her 🙂

What do you think you would do if you woke up from being unconscious and realized that you didn’t know where you were, how you got there or even who you were. You were only certain of one thing: the two men with you want you dead. You would probably do what Candance (Cady) Scott did; you would fight for your life.

When one of the men leaves the other man in charge of killing her, Cady does what she has to do to save herself. She arms herself with a rock, and when the opportunity presents itself, she uses the rock to hit the man in the head. She is also well-versed in self-defense, so she is able to subdue her would-be killer and knock him unconscious. When he is out cold, she steals his cell phone and his vehicle and drives away.

Not knowing who she is, where she is or how she got there narrowed her options considerably. Cady finds a place called Newberry Ranch, whose Security Department was staffed with a guard 24 hours a day. When she stops there to ask for help, instead of being safe, she finds herself locked in the back seat of a patrol car. The policeman thought she was an escapee from a local mental hospital.

After she managed to get away from him, Cady flees to Bend, where she finds a McDonald’s restaurant and Ty, a kid who’s willing to help her out, even though she can’t give him a good reason to. The pair set off on a quest to not only figure out who she is, but to also figure out who those men who want to kill her are and why they want her dead.

When you find out who Cady really is and why she was kidnapped and why she never remembered anything, it is going to shock you! So be ready! This is a fast-paced novel with lots of action. It’s well-written in terms of keeping the action flowing and making the reader want to keep turning pages in order to find out what happens next. Lots of road blocks are thrown in Cady’s path on her way to figuring out who’s who and what’s what, which makes the book all the more interesting!

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Shock Point- April Henry

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

When Cassie Streng comes home from school one day, she is abducted by two rough strangers. She fights them, screaming, until her mother arrives and proceeds to hand Cassie’s suitcase to the men. Cassie’s stepfather, Rick, tells her he’s found crystal meth hidden in her room and that she will find the help she needs where she’s headed. But Cassie has never used drugs and knows that Rick must have planted the meth. Unable to believe this is happening to her, she’s shackled into the back of her captors’ van as her parents watch.

In a flashback Cassie discovers that Rick, a psychiatrist, has been administering an experimental drug to his troubled teen patients; three of them committed suicide. When Cassie confides in her classmate, Thatcher, he hatches a plan to show Rick’s incriminating records to a newspaper reporter. They must tell people the truth about the drug, and thereby prevent more deaths.

However, before the two can get an adult to listen seriously to them, Rick has arranged for Cassie to be captured and taken to Peaceful Cove, a brutal boot camp in Mexico for teenagers with behavior problems. Peaceful Cove is more like a prison than a school or a camp. Cassie’s clothes and other personal belongings are taken from her. She’s locked in a closet-sized room and warned that armed guards, barbed wire, and a 200-foot cliff will keep her from escaping. Cruel punishments are commonplace. And it’s all legal, because her parents signed the contract.

Not only is Cassie totally cut off from the world, she must learn a million rules. She can’t cross her legs when she sits. She can’t wear her hair down. She can’t raise her eyes. She can’t talk, sit, or stand without permission. Cassie soon finds out that her incarceration is sure to last months if not years. However, if she doesn’t escape and expose her stepfather’s use of the experimental drug, more kids are likely to die. Cassie soon has a friend, and a plan…but how can the plan possibly work?

Read the book to find out if Cassie is successful in exposing her psychiatrist step-father, Rick and if she is able to escape from Peaceful Cove or not.

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Torched- April Henry

Genre: Mystery

When Ellie’s parents are caught for possession of marijuana, the FBI gives her a choice: infiltrate the Mother Earth Defenders (MED), a radical environmental group, or her parents will go to jail. At first Ellie is more than willing to entrap the MEDics (that’s what the group members call themselves), but the more time she spends undercover–particularly with Coyote–the green-eyed MEDic, she can’t stop thinking how much more she starts to believe in their cause. When talk turns to murder, Coyote backs out, but Ellie is willing to risk everything to save her family–even if it means losing Coyote and putting her own life at risk.

Read the book to find out if Ellie is willing to do the dangerous task given to her and if her parents are spared jail time for what she does or not.

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